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Crews fighting Tas fire face strong winds

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016

Fire crews are continuing to battle a blaze northeast of Hobart with authorities warning people suffering medical conditions to avoid the smoke.

The fire at Runnymede started on Tuesday and has now burned almost 2100 hectares of private land, state forest and conservation area.

"People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire," the Tasmanian Fire Service said in a statement on Saturday, adding that smoke from the Runnymede blaze could be visible in Hobart for several days.

No properties were under threat on Saturday afternoon but nearby residents were urged to be ready in case action was required.

"Strong wind and inaccessible terrain have hampered firefighters and predicted strong winds today will test our containment lines," incident controller Claudio Muench said in a statement.

Eighteen crews are battling the fire along with firefighters from private land managers Forico and Norske Skog.

Heavy machinery and water-bombing aircraft are also being used.

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