Natone Hill, The Day After

TFS received over 1000 calls

Natone Hill, The Day After
Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire on Natone Hill.

Crews maintained a presence at the fire throughout the night dealing with small break-outs of fire and consolidating fire boundaries after the blaze that started late afternoon yesterday.

TFS firefighters and Clarence City Council staff members are on scene today continuing to consolidate containment lines and dealing with dangerous trees damaged by the fire.

There is currently no threat to properties however the public is asked to please stay away from the area whilst firefighters render the area safe. Although roads have been reopened in the area, walking tracks have been closed for public safety.

Smoke may be visible for coming days, TFS and Clarence City Council personnel will be patrolling the fire.

The fire which began just before 4.30pm yesterday burnt approximately 25 hectares of the Natone Hill bushland reserve

Firefighters battled the fire in trying conditions and were able to bring the fire under control within about three hours.

Acting Deputy Regional Chief Stuart Males praised his crews and the public for heeding the advice of the TFS.

"Local residents obeyed our Watch and Act messages by either leaving the area or staying to defend their well-prepared properties. Ground crews acted quickly to halt the fire and remove the threat to the public. The use of aircraft was designed to help slow the fire until firefighters on the ground reached it to stop its spread completely," Mr Males said.

At the height of the fire, 5 aircraft and over 30 firefighters were at the scene. Fire crews were faced with strong, dry winds in excess of 60km/h and temperatures in the high twenties.

Fire threatened houses in Tianna and Rianna Roads, Lindisfarne and an Advice message was upgraded to a Watch and Act alert about 15 minutes after the blaze was first reported.

Tasmania Fire Service's dispatch centre received over 1000 calls from the public alerting them to the fire.