Molesworth fire alert

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 06 Februari 2013 | 19.55

WATER-BOMBING helicopters were flying in relays today to protect properties from a bushfire in rugged terrain near the Derwent Valley hamlet of Molesworth.

More than 20 fire crews were on the scene of the blaze this afternoon, which was burning through bush near Glen Dhu Rd.

Many residents in the area evacuated ahead of the fire front.

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Several local roads were closed, with police setting up barriers to control traffic.

The Tasmania Fire Service warned residents of the impending threat.

It issued a "watch and act" alert this afternoon, saying the fire could affect Molesworth, Glenlusk and Collinsvale within hours.

Read more in tomorrow's Mercury

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