As of Wednesday, February 6, Tasmania continues to be affected by devastating wildfires. A large blaze is currently reportedly moving closer to the Arthur Ranges (southwest Tasmania), a popular overnight bushwalking destinations. While rainfall up to 30 mm is forecast in some affected areas on Thursday, wildfires are likely to persist in the coming days.
Wildfires are an annual summer event in Australia; however, the authorities have been on high alert since September 2015 over unseasonably warm temperatures, prompting scientists to speculate that climate change could be extending and increasing the intensity of the fire season.
Individuals present in Tasmania are advised to keep abreast of warnings and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities, notably evacuation orders. As high temperatures are expected in the near-term, individuals are also advised to remain hydrated and minimize outdoor activities. Furthermore, individuals should limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution; seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.