Residents urged to evacuate as bushfire on Tasmania’s east coast reaches emergency level

Updated April 09, 2019 19:58:00

Residents at Dolphin Sands on Tasmania’s east coast are being urged to evacuate their homes due to an uncontrolled bushfire.

Key points:

  • The fire at Dolphin Sands was first reported at 2.30pm Tuesday
  • A smoke alert is in place for Coles Bay, Swanwick and Dolphin Sands
  • TFS said no homes had been destroyed

The fire — which was upgraded to an emergency on Tuesday night — has burnt 56 hectares and was first reported at 2.30pm.

A smoke alert has been issued for Dolphin Sands, Swanwick and Coles Bay.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) said the bushfire will put Dolphin Sands East in direct threat.

“The fire danger will be severe. Fire under these conditions will be uncontrollable and fast moving,” a TFS alert read.

“Embers, smoke and ash falling on Dolphin Sands East could threaten your home earlier than the main fire.”

The blaze is moving along both sides of Dolphin Sands road, towards Coles Bay.

TFS said no homes had been destroyed, but residents are being warned to evacuate.

Anyone travelling in the area is urged not to enter the Dolphin sands area.

“The fire looks serious from Coles Bay, where I’ve just travelled from,” Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Debbie Wisby said.

“We can’t get close to the fire. The road has been closed off.”

Topics: bushfire, tas, hobart-7000, launceston-7250, coles-bay-7215

First posted April 09, 2019 19:27:22

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