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NSW bushfire shuts down Newcastle Airport

  • Residents in the Hunter Valley have been warned to stay put and take shelter
  • A fast-moving blaze is burning out of control north of Newcastle Airport
  • More than 1,500 hectares of bush have been wiped out since Saturday
  • The airport remains closed, with all flights being cancelled or diverted
  • Water bombing aircraft and almost 100 firefighters are working to fight the blaze

A massive blaze continues to burn out of control and threaten the homes of residents in the Hunter Valley.

Residents living in Tomago, Williamtown and Raymond Terrace, 15kms north of Newcastle, have been told to take shelter and not attempt to flee as it’s ‘too late’.

Southerly winds up to 90km/h have pushed the fire north of Newcastle Airport after burning through more than 1,500 hectares of bush since Saturday, ABC reported. 

 

A massive blaze continues to burn out of control and threaten the homes of residents living in Tomago, Williamtown and Raymond Terrace, 15kms north of Newcastle

Southerly winds have pushed the fire north of Newcastle Airport after burning through more than 1,500 hectares of bush since Saturday

Southerly winds have pushed the fire north of Newcastle Airport after burning through more than 1,500 hectares of bush since Saturday

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

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

More than 100 firefighters and water bombing aircraft are working to contain the fire.     

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

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

Rural Fire Service spokesman Paul Best said conditions eased overnight, but the fire has intensified during the day.   

Rural Fire Service spokesman Paul Best said conditions eased overnight, but the fire has intensified during the day

Rural Fire Service spokesman Paul Best said conditions eased overnight, but the fire has intensified during the day

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

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

A RFS spokesman said the airport had been closed due to the heavy smoke in the area 

A RFS spokesman said the airport had been closed due to the heavy smoke in the area 

‘Strong winds have fanned that fire and the fire is now moving towards the Campvale area,’ he told the ABC. 

‘The fire’s been upgraded to an emergency warning, and an emergency alert is being sent to people in that area.’ 

Footage from a helicopter hovering over the fire area – uploaded to Facebook on Saturday by the RFS – showed large plumes of smoke moving over the airport.

The video appeared to show the fire just several hundred metres away from the airport.

Footage from a helicopter hovering over the fire area - uploaded to Facebook by the RFS - shows large plumes of smoke moving over the airport

Footage from a helicopter hovering over the fire area – uploaded to Facebook by the RFS – shows large plumes of smoke moving over the airport

Water bombing aircraft and almost 100 Rural Fire Service personnel are working to contain the fire that is threatening homes in the area

Water bombing aircraft and almost 100 Rural Fire Service personnel are working to contain the fire that is threatening homes in the area



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