CLOUD cover has cooled fire conditions in Northern Tasmania this morning but the bushfire risk will remain high for the rest of the week.
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Tasmania Fire Service have declared a high fire danger day for the Central North, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent, Central Plateau and Western districts today.

There have been no significant fire threats yet today but the 30 degree temperatures and strong north-easterly winds forecast for Launceston mean any fire started could easily spread out of control.

Deputy Regional Fire chief Jeff Harper said the North will face its worst fire conditions of the summer tomorrow and Wednesday as Tasmania catches the tail end of a hot weather system that is causing 38 degree temperatures and extreme fire danger in Victoria.

Mr Harper said the abundance of fine dry fuels meant any fire could get out of control in the right conditions.

”As long as the wind stays away we can cope with it – usually it’s the wind that gives us problems.”

”We won’t want to many more weeks like this.”

He warned people to take care slashing, with camp fires and when conducting permitted burns this week.

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