Hundreds flee fires in Tasmania

People who escaped bushfires in Tasmania will have spent their second night away from home as three blazes continue to put communities at risk.

Fifty-six blazes burned on the island on Friday, with many uncontrolled and nine sparking emergency warnings.

"Fire activity has been erratic and severe conditions are expected to remain well into the night on the east coast," the Tasmanian Fire Service said on Friday night.

Fires at Riveaux Road/Tahnune, Great Pine Tier in the Central Highlways and Western HIlls on the West Coast, according to TFS.

As temperatures in the state capital peaked at 40.1C, authorities urged people nearby the blazes to be wary of embers travelling more than 10km and to leave early rather than be caught too late.

People planning bush camping trips during the Australia Day long weekend should cancel, the TFS said.

"In these fire danger conditions, it is not safe to camp in areas surrounded by bush," the warning said.

An evacuation centre at Huonville, south of Hobart, had 49 overnight guests and numbers had ballooned to some 150 people by mid-afternoon Friday.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blazes, at least one of which has been burning since late December. Since then more than 71,000 hectares of land has been burnt and there is more than 900km of fire edge.

Communities in the highland lakes area are also reminded to stay on high alert, with emergency warnings in place for Shannon, Waddamana, Penstock Lagoon and Hilltop and there is an evacuation centre open at the Bothwell Town Hall.

A total fire ban in place statewide until Monday.

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