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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has closed the Huon Campground in the Southwest National Park because of bushfire.

PWS staff have been monitoring three fires in the Park that were caused by lightning at Reynolds Creek (west of Lake Pedder), Cracroft River (southeast of Lake Pedder and Terminal Peak (adjacent to Lake Pedder).

Due to south-westerly winds the Cracroft fire has advanced north-easterly in the direction of the Huon Campground which is near Scotts Peak Dam.

"At this stage the fire is more than six kilometres from the campground however we are closing the site as a precautionary measure," said general manager Peter Mooney.

The PWS has relocated one camper and will reassess the status of all sites and tracks in the area tomorrow, when more favourable weather conditions are expected.

The Teds Beach Campground at the northern end of Lake Pedder remains open as an alternative for campers.

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

The Reynolds Creek fire has burnt 28,000 hectares; the Cracroft fire 15,000 hectares and Terminal Peak fire about 900 hectares.

The PWS is also monitoring a 60 hectare bushfire at Point Hibbs in the Southwest Conservation Area which was started by lightning on Saturday. It is expected tomorrow's favourable weather conditions will help reduce its spread.

For further information on alternative bushwalking and camping 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