Forestry industry hurt by Tasmanian fires

Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle blazes across Tasmania, including at Gell River.
Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle blazes across Tasmania, including at Gell River.

The damage to Tasmania's forestry industry remains unknown as fires continue to burn in remote parts of the state, several weeks after they started.

Hundreds of fire hotspots remained on Monday afternoon, although cooler weather has reduced the threat to lives and homes.

A meeting of stakeholders determined more than 70,000 hectares of private and public production forest land has been lost in the fires, with the greatest impact hitting Tasmania's south.

"The extent of the damage and potential to recover resource from these areas is yet to be assessed," Resources Minister Sarah Courtney said.

"Of significant concern to the industry is the impact of bushfire damage to the Southwood forestry hub in the Huon Valley, where the Ta Ann and Neville Smith Forest Products mills operate and employ dozens of Tasmanians."

Almost 500 personnel - including 175 interstate and New Zealand firefighters - remain on the ground and in the air, working to extinguish a series of fires.

"There is still a lot of work to be done. It is a beast that is sitting calm with the favourable conditions," Tasmanian Fire Service public information officer Peter Middleton told AAP.

"We still have lots of bits and pieces of the fire in the landscape. We cannot think it is completely over but (we are) on a better path over the containment.

"The threat has reduced due to the weather."

Three major fires are burning across the state, including the Riveaux River and Gell River fires in Tasmania's southwest and the Great Pine Tier blaze.

Winds with gusts up to 40km/h are due to cross Tasmania into Tuesday, as two cold fronts increase the possibility of rain.

"It will not be enough to put out the fires but at least (it) will help," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tristan Oakley told AAP.

Seven homes and a near-century-old trapper's hut have been destroyed in a series of blazes across Tasmania since December.

Australian Associated Press