Residents told to “seek shelter” as bushfire emergency escalates in NSW

UPDATE 6:30PM AEDT | A BUSHFIRE emergency is unfolding in NSW this evening where more than 800 firefighters are battling more than 60 blazes burning across the state – 35 of which are tonight still out-of-control.

At 6pm AEDT, emergency warnings were in place for bushfires burning near Port Stephens and Cessnock.

The fire at Cessnock has flared up again and is now burning close to homes between Aberdare, Kearsley, Kitchener and Abernethy.


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Firefighters are working in streets around the bushland to protect properties around Vincent Street and Jeffries Street at Cessnock, Cessnock Street at Aberdare, and in North Kitchener.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Highway remains closed in both directions near Balickera, north of Raymond Terrace due to a large out-of-control bushfire which is burning towards the village of Limeburners Creek.

Firefighters and aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire and protect homes in the area.

Residents in the path of both blazes have been told to seek shelter and protect themselves from the heat.

There are now 65 fires burning across NSW, 35 of which are still uncontained.

EARLIER: MORE than 800 personnel, 200 fire trucks and 34 aircraft are currently battling 46 fires burning across NSW.

An emergency warning is in place for a large out-of-control fire burning near Racecourse Road at Cessnock.

The Rural Fire Service says the fire is fast moving and is burning on several fronts.

Residents in the area of Racecourse Road, Evans Street and Vincent Street have been told to leave now if the path is clear or to stay and seek shelter as the fire impacts.

Firefighters and aircraft are on the scene, protecting homes.

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Meanwhile, forty-five other fires are burning across the state, three of which are at Watch and Act level.

A large out-of-control bushfire burning north Raymond Terrace has closed the Pacific Highway in both directions.

Authorities expect the highway to be remain closed for a lengthy period of time.

  • If the fire threatens your home, seek shelter as the fire arrives and protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your plan is to leave, leave now if it is safe to do so and your path is clear.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
  • For information on road closures, check http://www.livetraffic.com. Roads may be closed without warning.

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