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Rain welcome at Packers Spur fire


Fire-fighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania received welcome rain late on Sunday night and Monday, greatly assisting their work to control a peat fire in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The fire, located west of Maydena in the Adamsfield Conservation Area, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and State Forest, has now been burning for two and a half weeks. It was started by lightning on Saturday, 17 November at Packers Spur and has burnt approximately 4,600 hectares of land.

Incident Controller Gerald Crawford from the Tasmanian Fire Service indicated that prior to the rain conditions had been extremely tough.

"On Sunday temperatures on the fire-ground reached 31°C, with a relative humidity of just 27 per cent, creating the kind of conditions where a major break-out could easily have occurred. However the intensive containment effort put in place during the previous days by remote area fire fighting crews and helicopters had really paid off - and no significant flare-ups occurred," Mr Crawford said.

The area where the fire is burning is not road accessible and crews were being inserted by helicopter to work the fire edge in remote, steep, conditions, further supported by the helicopters supplying water and bombing flare-ups.

"However due to heavy rainfall on Monday visibility for helicopter work is poor, and with the steep terrain wet and slippery conditions fire fighting efforts have been significantly scaled back. Some fire-fighters have been returned to base and others are removing non essential equipment from the fire ground. However with the fire well entrenched in deep peat soils I am certainly still not calling this fire under control,"said Mr Crawford.

"Isolated showers have continued today and the weather is forecastp to warm up again by Thursday so we will be monitoring the situation closely and responding as required."

A number of walking tracks remain closed until further notice, including the Timbs Track, Richea Creek Track and access to Lake Rhona, Denison Ranges and the Vale of Rasselas. The Clear Hill Road, Adamsfield, and Saw Back Range 4WD tracks will also remain closed to the public. 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