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Eastern Arthur Range walking tracks closed

25/01/2006

A bushfire in Tasmania's South West National Park has temporarily closed walking tracks.

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the temporary closure of walking tracks in the Eastern Arthur Range.

PWS General Manager Peter Mooney said an outbreak of fires as a result of lightning strikes meant the tracks would be closed until further notice.

Signs will be erected at the start of tracks at Scotts Peak Road, Farmhouse Creek and Huon Track. They will also be placed at campsites at Stuarts Saddle, Goons Moor, Hanging Lake and Upper Bechervaise Plateau.

"The major fire, 3675 hectares in size, started at Mt Castor and has reached the foothills of the Eastern Arthur Range, approximately four kilometres from Federation Peak," he said.

Mr Mooney said public safety was the primary concern and while walkers were in no immediate danger the imperative was to ensure their safety if the fires spread quickly.

"Although it is not expected that the fire will move far into the Eastern Arthurs, the potential exists if fire weather conditions worsen and are sustained," he said.

A helicopter will fly over the tracks in the next three days to check for walkers.

An assessment will be made before the tracks are re-opened and signs removed.

Updates on the Mt Castor fire are available on the Tasmania Fire Service Website:
www.fire.tas.gov.au