Most of the nearly 100 people feared missing in bushfires in
Tasmania have been accounted for and no deaths have been
recorded so far, police say.
Tasmania Police Inspector John Arnold has told ABC Radio that
most of the names on the list have been cross-checked and
He says police are still working their way through the list
but there are no fatalities so far based on "the information
we have at the moment".
However, he says "it may be a possibility down the track".
Police will continue their property-to-property searches
today in the worst-hit towns of Dunalley, Boomer Bay and
Marion Bay as they fear lives may have been lost.
More than 100 buildings have been destroyed by the fires,
which continue to burn.
Phil Douglas from the Tasmanian Fire Service said there had
been no substantial change overnight, with the Repulse and
Forcett fires still fairly active.
A heavy dew overnight had prevented backburning, but
firefighters would take advantage of mild conditions early on
Monday morning to strengthen containment lines.
Authorities are trying to get through Arthur Highway.
"It's a pretty hard thing to put a timeline, but it's a high
priority," Mr Douglas told ABC Radio.
The weather bureau expected conditions today to be fairly
similar to those yesterday.
Around 400 more evacuees were due to be ferried by boat from
the Tasman Peninsula last night, while police were
investigating whether it was safe to escort cars out on the
closed Arthur Highway.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit the state today.