NSW bushfire emergency warning issued for blaze near Newcastle Airport

Mae Love
January 14, 2018

The bushfire has burnt 1931 hectares of land in Tomago, Williamtown and Raymond Terrace, with the RFS downgraded the warning from emergency to watch and act at 7.20pm on Sunday.

Residents in nearby homes were urged to take shelter as the fire burned in a northward direction.

Newcaslte Airport remains out-of-action, after it was closed on Saturday afternoon, with all flights being cancelled or diverted due to the fire.

"Under southerly winds, the fire has spotted over north of Newcastle Airport, just south of Richardson Road near Grahamstown Road and is heading north", the warning said.

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Firefighters are slowly getting an upper hand over a bushfire burning in the Port Stephens area, north of Newcastle.

The strong gusts has led to the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for damaging winds.

'Strong winds have fanned that fire and the fire is now moving towards the Campvale area, ' he told the ABC. The fire has reached Barrie Close and continues to move along Cabbage Tree Road, the NSW Rural Fire Service said.

Newcastle Airport, Australia's 12th busiest airport, handled 1.26 million passengers in the year ending June 30 2017, it says on its website.

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