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Bushfire emergency threatens Tas town

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire threatening a coastal Tasmanian town.Tasmania Fire Service says the blaze at St Helens-Stonyford Track on Saturday afternoon put the area at high risk.“This fire will be difficult to control,” they said.“Burning embers falling on St Helens-Stonyford Track will threaten your home before the main fire.“Smoke and…

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire threatening a coastal Tasmanian town.

Tasmania Fire Service says the blaze at St Helens-Stonyford Track on Saturday afternoon put the area at high risk.

“This fire will be difficult to control,” they said.

“Burning embers falling on St Helens-Stonyford Track will threaten your home before the main fire.

“Smoke and ash will make it difficult to see and breathe.”

The Bureau of Meteorology says winds of up to 50km/h will ease this afternoon and forecasts an 80 per cent chance of rain this evening.

Break O’Day Mayor Mick Tucker told the ABC the fire started from a fuel reduction burn earlier in the week which had jumped containment lines.

What to do:

* If your home is well prepared for high risk fires and you can actively defend it, it should provide shelter

* If your home is unprepared, go to a safer location now only if the path is clear

* There is a nearby safer place at St Helens Football Club

* If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, use it now

* If you don’t live near St Helens-Stonyford Track, stay away.

* Listen to ABC Local Radio or look at www.fire.tas.gov.au for more information.

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