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Prepare to leave bushfire warning downgraded: Dolphin Sands residents urged to monitor conditions

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The fire on Dolphin Sands Road shortly after 7:30am on Monday. Image / Christina Galloway

A bushfire has broken out in the Dolphin Sands area on the state’s east coast, with locals urged to monitor conditions.

The Tasmania Fire Service say the fire near 788 Dolphin Sands Road started around 7am on Monday morning and is currently at watch and act warning level.

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They expect the fire to impact Dolphin Sands Road and the surrounding area in the next 30 minutes.

The TFS say the fire is expected to be “difficult to control” and “conditions are expected to worsen”.

Aerial firefighting helicopters. Image / Pulse

Speaking on ABC Radio shortly before 8am, Tasmania Fire Service Deputy Chief Officer Matt Lowe said they currently have two vehicles on the scene.

“Four vehicles [are] on the way and six planes are just about there, [they] are fixed-wing water bombing aircraft,” Lowe said.

Police close Dolphin Sands Road. Image / Pulse (File)

“At this stage the fire, the reports are its approximately 150 metre wide front. It is near some structures at this stage and the brigades are just waiting for the fire to come out to a safe area where they can commence extinguishment.”

In November of last year, a blaze burnt through 200 hectares of the area, forcing dozens of residents to evacuate.

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Two homes, a shed, and a car were destroyed by the fire.

The area is currently under a high fire danger warning today.

Dolphin Sands Road. Image / Pulse

Updated 9am, Monday February 12: The Dolphin Sands fire has been downgraded to advice level thanks to the quick work of firefighters.

Multiple aircraft were called to tackle the blaze, with authorities now urging people across the state to remain vigilant as high fire danger is forecasted today.

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