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Four major bushfires expected for Tas

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Andrew Drummond

Tasmania can expect about four major bushfires in the coming season amid hotter than average temperatures, but authorities insist they are prepared.

Fire fighting agencies met in Launceston on Wednesday to discuss the outlook for coming months, before urging the public to make early preparations.

"The outlook for this summer is for a normal bushfire season ... (which) in Tasmania means we will probably be attending three or four major bushfires and that we'll have a number of total fire bans declared," Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol said.

"It's important we get ready now for the bushfire season."

Tasmania's fire-fighting armoury includes seven aircraft, both fixed-wing and helicopters.

"They are not a cure all, they are simply a treatment - we use them while we get the boots on the ground to get the fires out," Mr Arnol said.

Fuel reduction burns are on schedule and the senior firefighter urged private land owners to assess their properties .

The Bureau of Meteorology only has a reliable outlook covering spring, severe weather manager Tim Bolden said.

"We are still expecting conditions to dry out over the coming months," he said.

"For spring at this stage we're looking at greater than an 80 per cent chance of temperatures above average for both maximums and minimums."

In an average year Tasmanian fire authorities attend up to 3500 blazes.

The Liberal government said the state will be "better prepared than ever before" for the in 2016/17 bushfire season.

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