Property Loss 'Likely' In Tasmania As Fires Rage On
Residents of several towns in Tasmania face an uncertain wait as crews look to investigate if any homes or property were destroyed by raging bushfires.
Blazes at the Huon Valley, south of Hobart, in the state's central plateau, at Britton's Swamp in the northwest and near Maydena in the southwest were whipped up by hot, dry winds on Sunday.
An emergency warning was issued again early on Monday for the huge Great Pine Tier fire.
Emergency warnings for Waterloo, Surges Bay, Brooks Bay, Glendevie and Police Point in the south, and Reynolds Neck in the central plateau remained overnight.
The Tasmania Fire Service has said it is "highly likely" properties were lost, particularly in Huon Valley townships south of Geeveston and near Waterloo.
Crews will assess the impact on communities once it's safe.
About 191,000 hectares have been destroyed by wildfires, some of which started before Christmas.
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There may be a reprieve on the horizon, though, after a cool change on Sunday evening.
Forecasters are predicting a "reasonable chance" of state-wide rain of 10-20 millimetres on Thursday.
"That is the most optimistic rain event that we've seen in the last couple of weeks," the Bureau of Meteorology's Simon McCulloch said..
The fires have razed three homes and a near-century-old trapper's hut, and caused significant damage to the popular Tahune Airwalk.
Vast tracks of wilderness in the state's southwest have been charred.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will on Monday visit the Huonville evacuation centre, where hundreds of people have taken shelter.