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EARLIER:A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for the North and North-West as the Tasmania Fire Service attempts to control 80 vegetation fires burning around the state.

Chief Officer Gavin Freeman said the North and parts of the North-West would be subject to very high fire danger, and said any further fires would stretch the service’s resources too much.

He said the fire risk was not as high on the West Coast, but demands on resources meant it was necessary to impose a total fire ban across the entire North-West Coast.

Chief Officer Freeman said bushwalkers should consider the risks before making trips to the West Coast due to a vegetation fire at Zeehan.

“Make sure it’s well assessed and you know where you’re going, and really if you don’t need to be there, don’t be there at all,” he said.

He said there were a number of fires dotted around the state, with a fire at Musselroe Bay in the North-East generating a large amount of smoke.

Chief Officer Freeman said firefighters from the TFS, the Parks and Wildlife service and Forestry Tasmania were being moved “rapidly” around the state to combat the fires.

He said a lightning strike last week had helped to create the unusually high number of active fires.

“The last time we had this many fires was 2013, when we had about 50 fires burning throughout the state at the one time,” Chief Officer Freeman said.

Chief Officer Freeman said smoke would continue to linger over parts of the state on Tuesday.

He said people with respiratory problems should heed advice from the Department of Health and Human Services and stay indoors wherever possible.

The Parks and Wildlife Service has closed the Sandy Cape Track, the Western Explorer Road and the Tarkine Wilderness Track on the West Coast, a number of walks in the Cradle Mountain area, and campgrounds and tracks near Mount Wedge in the South-West.

The Overland Track remains open but bushwalkers are asked not to stray far from marked tracks.

Chief Officer Freeman said it was important for people to be vigilant of fire risk, and monitor 老域名fire.tas.gov备案老域名 for updates.

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