The Tasmanian Premier wants an independent inquiry into the state's bushfires once the crisis is over.
Lara Giddings says fire-affected communities are seeking answers on what led to the catastrophic fires and she is looking to set up an inquiry that is independent from State Parliament.
She has sought advice on the Government's options from the Attorney-General, Brian Wightman, and says the inquiry may consider issues like fuel reduction burning.
"I would say to Tasmanians, I understand they want answers and we ask them to bear with us as we continue to deal with two elements now, firstly fighting the fires that are still uncontrolled and also looking at what the immediate recovery needs are of communities," Ms Giddings said.
The Premier has also unveiled a taskforce to oversee the long-term bushfire recovery, led by the former Tasmanian and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Damien Bugg.
Mr Bugg says his first priority is an action plan for affected communities, even while fires are burning, and he will be taking advice from other states dealing with catastrophic fires.
"They're obviously, at the moment anyway, on a much larger scale but we can learn from that and I certainly propose to make enquiries of the people in similar positions to the role I now occupy as to lessons they learned from the exercises," he said.
Also on the taskforce are the Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary, Rhys Edwards, Blundstone's chief executive Steve Gunn and representatives from Tasmania Police, the Farmers and Graziers Association, Red Cross and local government.
It will provide reports to the State Government over the next year.
Police say residents from the fire-affected Tasman and Forestier peninsulas will have to wear protective clothing when the road into the area reopens.
The Arthur Highway has been closed since the Forcett bushfire destroyed more than 120 houses, shacks and businesses last Friday.
Police say residents will have to pass through police check points and wear protective overalls and masks which will be available at the Dunalley hotel.
Air monitoring devices have been installed in the town to check for asbestos fibres from damaged buildings.
The road will not be open to the general public and people are asked not to take children.
Director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor says people checking fire-damaged properties will be given protective clothing and safety kits.
"The persons actually doing this, or are right next to them, need to be wearing protective mask which is part of the kit," he said.
"Ideally the disposal overalls as well and of course wearing gloves to reduce the risk of lacerations and harms.
"Another thing people can do if they have the capacity on their property is to spray down the ashes gently with water so that actually dampens down the dust risk as well."
Dr Taylor has told a community briefing in Hobart there will be other hazards.
"Septic tanks can become damaged by intense heat and if you drive across the earth of those, or walk across them, sometimes they can crumble and give way," he said.
"When people are hopping up on ladders to look at their roofs they can readily fall off and hurt themselves and there are risks from portable generators, including not being well ventilated that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, or bad wires leading to electrical risks."
Residents in fire-ravaged Ellendale, north of Hobart, have criticised the local council's ability to respond to their requests for help during the emergency.
The bushfire-prone community was one of the hardest hit by the blaze which started at Lake Repulse.
Anger has been directed at local authorities at a community meeting, with residents saying there is no safe refuge in the town.
Colleen Davies joined other Ellendale residents at the meeting for an update on the fire situation.
While fire fighters have been able to get on top of the fire, they were still criticised by locals.
"We really need an official designated safe area in Ellendale, we went to the fire shed," she said.
She had hoped the council could drop off drinking water after she exhausted her supply while defending her home.
But the Central Highlands Council seemed overwhelmed with requests for help.
"You ring for help and you get the poor girl on reception that gives you a number to contact someone, and the only number that you can't get through on, so he's obviously inundated."
"I mean we survived, but we would have just liked some drinking water."
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