Dry, windy weather prompts Tas fire ban

Authorities in Tasmania have issued a fire ban for the state's south as warm temperatures continue.
Authorities in Tasmania have issued a fire ban for the state's south as warm temperatures continue.

Strong dry winds and warm temperatures have prompted authorities in Tasmania to issue a fire ban for the state's south.

Landowners in affected areas are being told to put out burn-offs and not start any in the 24 hours from 2am on Tuesday.

No fires can be lit in open air, including campfires and wood-fuelled barbecues.

It comes after a private burn last week got out of control and briefly threatened the small community of Miena in the Central Highlands.

"A number of bushfires crews have responded to in the last week were started by out-of-control hazard reduction burns. It is vital that landowners are vigilant," Tasmania Fire Service Deputy Chief Officer Shane Batt said.

Tuesday's fire ban covers areas including Hobart, the Central Highlands, Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-20s, with winds of up to 45km/h in the state's east, south and centre.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a very-high fire danger at the east coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and southeast.

The fire ban could be a sign of things to come, with hotter weather forecast later in the week - an unseasonally high 30 degrees is tipped for Hobart on Thursday.

Australian Associated Press