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Horsetail Falls walk now open


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Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


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Efforts continue to contain Packers Spur fire


Firefighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania are continuing their work to control a fire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The fire is burning in Adamsfield Conservation Area, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and State Forest, west of Maydena.

The fire was started by lightning on Saturday, 17 November at Packers Spur and has now burnt approximately 4,440 hectares.

Incident Controller Paul Helleman from the Parks and Wildlife Service said about 50 personnel are involved in the fire fighting efforts.

"Ground crews are working hard in remote, steep, conditions putting out hotspots along the many kilometres of fire edge. The work is in scrub, moorland and peat. Crews are supported by helicopters supplying water and bombing flare-ups," Mr Helleman said.

"Reasonably favourable weather conditions have occurred so far this week, with a similar forecast for the next couple of days. This has helped fire control efforts."

It is not likely that populated areas will be affected by smoke.

"A major concern is that this fire began at the beginning of summer, not the end. There is a continuing risk that any burning edges not extinguished would expand easily due to progressively drier, warmer conditions as summer comes. There is likely to be weeks of work to control and contain this fire," Mr Helleman said.

A number of walking tracks remain closed until further notice, including: Timms Track, Clear Hill Road, Adamsfield Track, Saw Back Track and Richea Creek Track. Tracks have been signposted and the public are requested to heed the closure advice.

The Gordon River Road remains open to traffic. Those planning to visit the area are advised to check the Tasmania Fire Service website and Parks and Wildlife Service websites for updates: www.fire.tas.gov.au, www.parks.tas.gov.au

Efforts continue to contain Packers Spur fire

Hot spots like this one remain along the many kilometres of hot spots.

Efforts continue to contain Packers Spur fire

The fire continues to advance as the bush dries out. Photos taken Wednesday morning.