BUSHFIRE crews in Tasmania are battling strong winds as they try to contain more than 20 blazes across the state.Causing most concern are fires within sight of Hobart's northern suburbs, south of the capital on Bruny Island and near Geeveston, and in the state's central highlands.
Nearby communities have been told to activate their bushfire plans and consider leaving, while other people have been asked to stay away from the affected areas.
"Even though we don't have the hot, dry conditions we had yesterday, this wind is causing us a lot of grief," Tasmania Fire Service spokesman Andrew McGuiness told the ABC.
"It's going to take crews basically all day to get on top of the fires that we've got burning around the south of the state."
Winds of 45-80km/h are expected in the south of the state until Saturday evening.
Communities that may be affected include Hobart's northern suburb of Berriedale, and the holiday village of Adventure Bay on Bruny Island.
The Tasmania Fire Service says power outages might still occur near Great Lake in the central highlands.