Issued At: 06/12/2019 1:12pm
There is a bushfire at McNeills Road, Swansea.
There is no immediate threat.
Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control.
What to do:
People in Whitegrass Ridge / McNeill's Road area - Swansea need to keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.
Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.
If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if it gets more dangerous.
If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.
Firefighters patrolled the area overnight monitoring fire activity ensuring the community remained safe.
Following an options analysis the decision was made that a Large Air Tanker drop would be the most effective method for controlling the fire to protect the Swansea township. Due to strong winds the operation has been suspended. Crews with machinery are continuing to implement containment lines in and around the western side of the Swansea community and the western end of Dolphin Sands.
Strategic work in being undertaken by PWS and TFS crews to identify and construct contained lines utilising machinery on the western and northern boundaries of the fire. These operations are being supported by aircraft for water bombing and reconnaissance when conditions allow.
With westerly winds forecast for today, smoke will be visible in and around Swansea, Dolphin Sands, and surrounding areas. People must remain aware of the current fire conditions by listening the ABC local radio and visiting the TFS website.
People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan to manage the risks of smoky days.
Advice is available from the Department of Health https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke/ or the Asthma Foundation of Tasmanian https://www.asthma.org.au/about-asthma/triggers/bushfires-and-smoke/
For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
People will have an opportunity today for a drop-in community information session regarding the current bushfire burning in the Swansea area. Details are:
When - Friday 6 December
Time - 12pm-5pm
Where - Swansea Town Hall, Main Street, Swansea
Tasmania Fire Service Resources Arrived: 1 x LIGHT TANKER 1 x OTHER 1 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT 2 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
Tasmania Fire Service Resources Mobilised: 3 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT 1 x ROTARY WING: MEDIUM
State Emergency Service Resources Mobilised: 1 x PERSONNEL CARRIER