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Tas fire threat similar to 1967 disaster

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Andrew Drummond

Fifty years after Tasmania's worst bushfire emergency, which claimed 62 lives, the island state is experiencing a repeat of those conditions leading into the high-risk season, a senior firefighter says.

The 'Black Tuesday' fires on February 7, 1967 saw 110 blazes ravage southern Tasmania killing scores of people, leaving more than 900 injured, and destroying entire townships.

"The conditions that we have got at the moment are virtually exactly the same we had in 1966 prior to Feb 7 and people should be taking note of what happened then," 45-year firefighter Gerald Crawford said on Monday, citing heavy fuel loads following recent substantial rain.

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