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Tassie sending help amidst fairer weather

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Tasmanian authorities are welcoming cooler weather this week as they look to contain dangerous fires in the state's northeast.

41 firefighters flew out on Monday morning to help the dire situation in NSW, 29 of those from Launceston and the rest from Devonport.

The uncontrolled fires to the north and south of Fingal remain the chief concern for the TFS, after torching more than 15,000 hectares of bushland since late last month.

While there's no immediate threat, locals are being warned to expect increased smoke and ash in the area.

Multiple aircraft and heavy equipment were used yesterday to hold off the flames from the disused Duncan coal mine, which was patrolled overnight amidst concerns a coal seam could ignite and burn underground indefinitely. 

Another fire at Pelham is now coming under control.