There have also been fires in South Australia:
Insurers have declared the fires a catastrophe:
Insurers have declared the bushfire-hit towns of southern Tasmania a catastrophe.
Fires have destroyed dozens of buildings across the Tasman Peninsula, east of Hobart, spurred on by record high temperatures.
With fires still threatening homes in the region on Saturday, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) declared the affected towns a catastrophe, and created an industry task force to respond to the damage.
Here is what the ICA said:
The bushfire-hit Forcett and Dunalley zone of south-east Tasmania was today formally declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
The declaration initially covers the worst-affected areas of Forcett, Dunalley, Copping and Murdunna, and also includes Connellys Marsh, Boomer Bay, Primrose Sands, Susans Bay, Eaglehawk Neck and Taranna.
ICA CEO Rob Whelan said the catastrophe declaration meant insurers had established a taskforce to escalate the industry’s response.
He said the ICA would seek to ensure policyholders in bushfire-affected communities received the help they might need as quickly as possible
“It is much too early for the ICA to estimate the cost and extent of the damage, though we have had reports of several dozen homes having been badly damaged or destoyed,” Mr Whelan said.
My thoughts are with the communities impacted by these fires – thankfully we did not see a repeat of the Black Saturday fires.