Fire severity downgradedSaturday December 1, 2012 - 16:19 EDT
Tasmania's Fire Service has downgraded the severity of several bushfires burning in the state's south.
Fires at Glen Huon, Glenlusk, Bruny Island, Forcett and Geeveston are no longer subject to a Watch and Act alert but are still considered potentially dangerous.
A Watch and Act alert is still current for a fire at Poatina on the Central Plateau.
Andrew McGuinness from the TFS said crews on the ground were experiencing strong wind gusts.
"That's causing problems for them trying to contain these fires," he said.
"Even though we don't have the hot, dry conditions we had yesterday this wind is causing us a lot of grief.
"It's going to take crews basically all day to get on top of the fires that we've got burning around the south of the State."
Fires have forced the closure of Collinsvale Road, north-west of Hobart, and Poatina Road in the Central Plateau.
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© ABC 2012
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