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A serious bushfire has forced the closure of roads and camping grounds in the Strahan area on Tasmania's West Coast.

The fire started on Thursday on Ocean Beach Road west of Strahan Airport and burned overnight.

There is significant fire activity in the area today. It is a dangerous environment with fire fighting vehicles and heavy machinery and the public are asked to stay away.

Fire crews from Forestry Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tasmania Fire Service are in attendance, and have worked through the night.

The following roads and camping areas are closed:

- Macquarie Heads Road
- Ocean Beach Road
- Swan Basin plantation camping areas
- Swan Basin Picnic Grounds
- Macquarie Heads Camping Ground

CASA has closed Strahan Airport. It is anticipated this will be reopened at approximately 1.30pm today (Friday 5 January 2007).

There will be a significant smoke haze over Macquarie Harbour throughout the day, impacting on tourism operations in the area.

The smoke may affect the operation of harbour cruises and all scenic flights will be affected.

People who suffer from respiratory ailments are advised to stay indoors.

All property owners in the Macquarie Heads, Mill Bay and the Strahan township are requested to be vigilant and activate their Bushfire Action Plans.

An incident management team has been formed and is based at the Parks and Wildlife Service office at the Strahan Customs House.

Alex Simpson from the Parks and Wildlife Service has been appointed Incident Controller.