The Governor-General has spent the day meeting communities in Tasmania's south-east who are recovering from January's bushfires.

Quentin Bryce has toured Dunalley, Boomer Bay and Murdunna, where more than 100 homes were destroyed.

At Dunalley's St Martin's church, fire chief Mike Brown told Ms Bryce there was still a significant risk of fires, with a total fire ban declared in the state's south today.

She met families who lost their homes, visited a damaged oyster farm and inspected the reconstruction of the Dunalley school.

On the way to Boomer Bay, the Governor-General's car slowed as she waved to crews which have begun clearing what is left of destroyed houses.

The Bushfire Recovery Authority says 290 property owners have registered for help cleaning up, but work can not begin until insurers provide written consent.

So far, consent has been given for only 91 properties.

The cleanup is expected to be finished by April.

 

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