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Fires sparked by lightning strikes on February 16 resulted in the closure of walking tracks at Cradle Mountain and in the Southwest National Park. The fires remain uncontained and the track closures remain in place for public safety.


Three uncontained fires are burning in the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The fires are in the Cracroft River area, the Terminal Peak/Lake Pedder area and the Reynolds Creek area southwest of Lake Pedder.

All fires are in remote areas and are inaccessible by vehicles.
The Reynolds Creek fire has burnt approximately 24,000 hectares.
The Cracroft River fire has burnt approximately 7,800 hectares.
The Terminal Peak fire has burnt approximately 38 hectares.

All tracks leading into the Western and Easter Arthurs remain closed until further notice - this is expected to be at least one week and may be longer, depending on weather conditions.

Closed tracks include:
Huon Track, Farmhouse Creek Track, Old Port Davey Track, Junction Creek Track McKays Track (Arthur Plains Track).
The Mt Sprent Track and the Wilmot Range/Frankland Range area is also closed.

Open tracks include:
South Coast Track and Melaleuca. The Denison Spires and Lake Rhona track to Reeds Peak.

For further information, including alternative bushwalking areas, contact any of the following Parks and Wildlife Service offices; Derwent Park 6233 6560, Huonville 6264 8460 or Mt Field 6288 1149.

There are also several fires in the vicinity of Cradle Mountain. The Ten Mile Creek fire, is burning in the Reynolds Falls Nature Recreation Area west of Cradle Mountain. It has burnt 387 hectares remains uncontained.

Closed tracks include:
• All day walks beyond Kitchen Hut and the Emergency Hut near Hanson's Peak.
• The Penguin to Cradle Trail between the Vale of Belvoir and Cradle Village.
• The Speeler Plains, Pencil Pine Creek, King Billy, Hownslow Heath and the Horse Track.

Open tracks include:
Cradle Valley boardwalk, Dove Lake, the Face Track and the Overland Track.

For further information contact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on 6492 1110.

Updated information on fires can be found on the Tasmania Fire Service website.

Tracks remain closed due to uncontained fires

Tracks in the Cracroft area remain closed.