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Most popular walking tracks at Cradle Mountain are open although a bushfire which started from a lightning strike a week ago remains uncontained.

Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmania Fire Service staff have been working to contain three fires west of Cradle Mountain since last weekend and have been assisted by favourable conditions throughout this week.

Parks and Wildlife Service fire operations manager Adrian Pyrke said that the main fire of concern, the Ten Mile Creek fire about nine kilometres west of Cradle Village has not moved significantly since the weekend.

"This fire no longer poses a threat to the village and we have taken all possible steps to minimise any future threat to the village," Mr Pyrke said.

Most popular walking tracks remain open including day walks at Dove Lake and Cradle Valley, and the Overland Track.

Tracks that remain closed include:
- The Penguin to Cradle trail between the Vale of Belvoir and Cradle Village.
- Walking tracks in the Speeler Plains area and the track to Reynolds Falls.

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

Southwest fires
Several large fires in the Southwest National Park sparked by lightning strikes on February 16 also remain uncontained. They are in remote areas inaccessible by vehicle and will only be considered safe following sufficient rainfall in the area.

A number of walking tracks will remain closed until the situation is considered safe for bushwalkers. The Parks and Wildlife Service appreciates the cooperation of bushwalkers in complying with the temporary closures.

Closed tracks include all the walking tracks in the vicinity of the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges, the Frankland Ranges, Huon River Track and the Old Port Davey Track.

For further information on alternative bushwalking experiences contact any of the following Parks and Wildlife Service offices; Derwent Park 6233 6560, Huonville 6264 8460 or Mt Field 6288 1149 or visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au

For updated information on fires in Tasmania check the Tasmania Fire Service website

Cradle Mountain open for visitors

Parks staff have been monitoring the large bushfires in the remote Southwest National Park.