Thousands flee Tasmanian Fires

Out of control bushfires have been downgraded by Tasmanian Fire Service to ‘Watch and Act’ with 40 vehicles currently attending Inala Road at Forcett and 22 vehicles at Dawson Road, Lake Repulse.

Watch and Act Alert issued by Tasmanian Fire Service for Inala Road, Forcett

Watch and Act Alert issued by Tasmanian Fire Service for Inala Road, Forcett

Resident Sarah Bester said, “I am safe, but my brother and his partner are stranded on the Peninsula cut off by fires”.

Over 90 homes, a school, police station and many businesses have been destroyed since Friday.

The view of the Tasman Peninsular as the fire jumped the Dunalley Canal. A major bush fire swept through Copping and Dunalley in South East Tasmania. Picture: Richard Jupe Source: The Mercury

The view of the Tasman Peninsular as the fire jumped the Dunalley Canal. A major bush fire swept through Copping and Dunalley in South East Tasmania. Picture: Richard Jupe Source: The Mercury

Insurance Council of Australia CEO Rob Whelan said “Australia’s insurers are standing by to handle claims and inquiries”.

The ICA is operating a disaster hotline 1800 734 621 to help affected residents. Anyone concerned about relatives and friends can contact the Police Hotline on 1800 567 567.

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