Hopes are rising that there may not have been any lives lost despite the ferocity of Tasmania's devastating bushfires.

Police have now searched more than 800 properties on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas.

But they warn it is still too early to definitively say no-one has died in the bushfires.

While bushfire conditions have eased, authorities are warning the threat is far from over with alerts remaining for several big fires.

Firefighters are still trying to contain bushfires at Curries River in the state's north and Montumana in the far north west.

Both fires are currently burning out of control.

The Montumana fire has burnt 3,000 hectares and the one at Curries River has burnt 70 hectares.

About 150 firefighters are still working in the Forcett area while 80 crews, including a team of New Zealand remote access specialists are fighting the Lake Repulse fire.

Deputy Chief Gavin Freeman says about 110,000 hectares have now burnt out across the state.

"We're not by any stretch of the imagination out of the woods," he said.

There are still 21 active fires in Tasmania.

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Police are hoping to start letting bushfire victims return to their homes on Friday.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from the fire-stricken peninsulas by boat or in car convoys since the weekend.

Bushfires there have now destroyed about 150 properties, most of them in Dunalley and Boomer Bay, and the Arthur Highway remains cut at Forcett.

Acting Police Commissioner Scott Tilyard says he understands many residents are anxious to return home, but it is not yet safe.

"We are hoping on Friday that we can start facilitating some of those returns and that will be primarily in the Dunalley area," he said.

"There will be some public information sessions for residents of Dunalley tomorrow (Thursday) to pre-register for that process."

Search teams inspecting fire-damaged properties in the south-east are finding hundreds of stranded domestic and farm animals.

The animals are desperate for food and water and some investigators have even bringing in pet food each day as they search through properties.

Tourism toll

Thousands of tourists have been scrambling for accommodation and cancelling tours as the fires wreak havoc on their Tasmanian summer holiday plans.

Attractions including Port Arthur remain closed. The historic site usually draws more than 1,000 a day.

Another tour provider has reported turning away 300 tourists in one day.

The Tourism Industry Council's Luke Martin says the Tasman Peninsula has been hardest hit, but Bicheno and Coles Bay are also struggling.

"The impact's not just directly on businesses within the bushfire-affected areas," he said.

"It's also on the tour companies and on booking agencies that operate in these areas.

"The biggest issue is the loss of the peak tourism season, it's the biggest worry for us.

"A lot of these businesses particularly in regional areas, they rely on January February to hold them over until the end of the year."

"At the moment it's about getting the message out that the areas are open for business and the core tourism infrastructure or the tourism experience has not been affected."

The Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre's Anne McVilly says her staff have been inundated.

"We've had 2,000 to 3,000 people every day coming in for visitor information and assistance."

Tourists have struggled to find accommodation.

English tourists Judy and Clive Jakeman were concerned they would have to cancel their trip.

"The pictures on the news are just horrendous. I rang up the airline and they said yes, we're flying so I knew it was alright."

Hobart will be inundated with thousands of tourists with the arrival of the Crystal Symphony and Voyager of the Seas cruise ships.

More than 16,000 passengers are expected to visit the city over four days.

The State Government and tourism operators will meet next week to discuss strategies for rebuilding the industry.

Bogus collectors

The Tasmanian Government has issued a warning amid reports about profiteering from the bushfires.

The Consumer Protection Minister, Nick McKim, says there are cases of excessive prices being charged for goods and services, and bogus collectors seeking donations for the bushfire appeal.

He says while most people in the community are generous and caring, a tiny minority will exploit others when they are most in need.

People are urged to report suspicious activity to the office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading.

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