8 Jan 2013

Bushfires still burning in Tasmania

9:47 am on 8 January 2013

Several bushfires are still burning across Tasmania and a total fire ban is in force for Tuesday. Strong northerly winds are predicted across the state.

Over 100 properties have been destroyed since last week, concentrated in the fishing village of Dunalley.

The ABC reports about 40 fires are still burning around the state.

No deaths from the fires have been reported, but emergency services crews have been conducting property-to-property searches for human remains.

Police now say all missing people are accounted for.

AAP reports a New Norfolk man is to be charged under the Fire Services Act, after leaving an unextinguished campfire unattended last week.

The campfire turned into a inferno, which consumed more than 10,600 hectares and had not been contained on Monday evening.

A watch and act alert was in place northwest Tasmania on Monday for residents of Mawbanna.

Similar warnings have been issued for the Lake Repulse and Tasman Peninsula fires.