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Monday declared total fire ban for Southern Tasmania!

Tomorrow, Monday 11 January 2021 has been declared a Day of Total Fire Ban for the following municipalities of Tasmania: Brighton, Derwent Valley, Hobart, Sorell, Central Highlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Huon Valley, Southern Midlands, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough and Tasman

No fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air from Monday, 11 January 2021 02:00 AM until Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:00 AM.

“This is due to a significant warming event and the associated conditions of low humidity and increasing winds. This combination will present significant fire weather across the south of the State, in particular potential severe conditions for many areas of the Upper Derwent and South East for an extended period” Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds said.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires are allowed in the open air, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues.

“Landowners who have recently had fires on their property must check them and ensure they are fully extinguished. For people camping particular attention should be given to campfires used in recent days to ensure no residual heat remains before leaving the site.

“People can assist with the challenging conditions by promptly reporting fires via Triple Zero, preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans, and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions,” Mr Bounds said.

Immediately reporting fires increases the likelihood of fires being able to be contained quickly.

Luke Johnston, a Tasmanian forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology in Hobart. PHOTO: JOSH AGNEW

Much of the south and east of Tasmania is expecting hot to very hot maximum temperatures on Monday as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s.

The highest temperature forecast for Monday at this stage is 37°C near New Norfolk and Richmond, Hobart is forecast to reach 35°C.

Maximum temperatures for Monday are 10 to 15 degrees above the January average.

Fire weather conditions on Monday have been made more complex by the possibility of afternoon dry thunderstorms over southern Tasmania with little to no rainfall expected.

School friends enjoy the sun at Sandy Bay Beach. PHOTO: JOSH AGNEW

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