Air crews fight Risdon Vale fire

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

Water-bombing choppers have been mobilised to fight a bushfire near Risdon Vale.

ABOUT 17,000 properties in Tasmania's south-east lost power today because of a bushfire at Risdon Vale.

The Tasmania Fire Service, which upgraded the blaze on Hobart's Eastern Shore to "watch and act" late in the afternoon, asked Transend to cut power about 4.30pm. Supplies were restored by about 6.30pm.

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Sorell, the southern beaches including Dodges Ferry, the Forestier and Tasman peninsulas, Penna, Richmond, Colebrook and Campania were affected by the outages. The East Coast also experienced blackouts.

Areas as far as Oatlands and York Plains were also cut off but an alternative power supply was quickly organised.

Aurora said power was restored when it was safe for firefighters.

To check on power outages, visit Aurora's website.

The bushfire broke out near Downhams Rd, Risdon Vale, about 2.15pm today as the temperature soared to about 35 degrees.

TFS public information officer Phil Douglas said the fire was being pushed in a south-easterly direction towards houses and a business in Flagstaff Gully by a 15-20km/h north-westerly wind.

"The main area of concern is the quarry and Ansons Cement area, where people have decided to leave the area," he said.

Mr Douglas said the fire was being fought by four water bombing aircraft as well as ground crews.

He said it had been burning around houses in Downhams Rd, with choppers dumping water to safeguard homes.

Smoke from the blaze is visible from central Hobart.

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

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