THE head of Tasmania's bushfire taskforce says the state has entered the recovery phase, barring any new flare-ups or emergencies.
Fires described as the state's worst since 1967 have destroyed more than 130 homes, with the damage concentrated on the Tasman and Forestier peninsulas, east of Hobart.
A Victorian firefighter aged in his 60s died while conducting backburning operations at Taranna yesterday.
Tasmanian Bushfires Recovery Taskforce chair Damian Bugg said his organisation would begin its recovery operations in earnest today.
"From today barring further flare-ups and emergencies, we have moved to the recovery phase with responsibility for co-ordination of the government response," he said in a statement.
"We want to move quickly to help those people who need it, but I want to stress that this is a long-term job and the health and safety of residents, workers and volunteers is paramount, so we urge people to be patient."
Mr Bugg said volunteers and businesses had overwhelmed the taskforce with offers of help.
The taskforce will open offices in Sorell and would send people to the fire-affected towns of Dunalley, Murdunna and Nubeena, he said.
Four major bushfires continue to burn out of control, including a huge blaze in the Southwest National Park which has consumed more than 49,000ha.
There are several advice notices in place for residents, but no emergency warnings.
The major thoroughfare to the Tasman Peninsula, the Arthur Highway, was reopened yesterday.