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Remote area fire fighters will be flown into the Southwest National Park today to try to halt a large bushfire from impacting on previously unburnt alpine, rainforest and coniferous vegetation communities.

Three fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area started by lightning on February 16 remain uncontained, with the largest, the Reynolds Creek fire southwest of Lake Pedder, having burnt 32,000 hectares. The Cracroft fire has burnt in excess of 12,000 hectares and the Terminal Peak fire about 900 hectares.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff have been monitoring the fires and have implemented a bushwalkers management plan that has closed bushwalking tracks in the area and resulted in the evacuation of a number of bushwalkers during the past 10 days.

Tracks that remain closed in the Southwest include all the walking tracks in the vicinity of the Eastern and Western Arthur ranges, the Frankland Ranges, Huon River Track, Farmhouse Creek and the Old Port Davey Track.

Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region manager, David Whitelaw, said a more aggressive approach is now needed in order to minimise the overall extent of the fire and to protect significant Tasmanian vegetation communities, including fire sensitive species such as King Billy pines.

"After assessing the forecast weather in the Cracroft Plains area and receiving specialist advice, we believe we have an opportunity to try to stop the fire in the area north and east of Federation Peak ahead of predicted worsening fire weather late in the week."

"There is a large buttongrass plain east of Federation Peak which could potentially extend this fire much further to the south."
About 16 remote area trained fire fighters from the PWS and the Tasmania Fire Service will be transported by helicopter to attack hot spots with hand tools and helicopter water bombing. These on-ground fire fighters will be supported by an equal number of PWS staff managing the operations from the control point at Strathgordon.

Communities in the far south and Huon Valley areas are advised that smoke experienced on Monday is from the large fires in the Southwest National Park. These fires are likely to continue to cause smoke in southern parts of Tasmania until significant rains put out the fires.

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.