Crews battle Gretna blaze

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 18 Februari 2013 | 19.55

SEVERAL dozen fire crews are battling a small but intense bushfire north of the Lyell Highway near the Derwent Valley town of Gretna.

The Tasmania Fire Service said the blaze broke out shortly before 5pm near Marked Tree Rd.

An emergency warning has been issued for Gretna, Rosegarland, Black Hills and surrounding areas.

For the latest fire updates, click here to visit the TFS website.

Water-bombing helicopters are working in relays in an attempt to douse the flames, which are being fanned by strong winds.

The TFS warned that the blaze could cause spot fires up to 3km ahead of the main fire front.

Police have set up a roadblock on the Lyell Highway south of Gretna, where dozens of cars have banked up.

A fixed-wing aircraft and more ground resources were on their way to the area late today.

It is believed no houses have been lost to the fire, which is burning through paddocks and bush.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the area and be wary of downed powerlines, wandering stock, and emergency services vehicles.

The Lyell Highway is closed between Gordon River Rd and Hamilton. The highway between Kilderry Rd and Gordon River Rd is open to residents only.

The temperature remained in the mid 30s late today, with a cool southerly change expected tomorrow.

  • If you have pictures of the blaze, please send them to readerspix@dbl.newsltd.com.au.

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