Residents around Tomago, Williamstown and Raymond Terrace have been told to take shelter after the NSW Rural Fire Service issued an emergency warning for a blaze that is threatening homes and has been burning all weekend.
Under southerly winds, the fire has moved north of Newcastle Airport, just south of Richardson Road near Grahamstown Road, and has already burned more than 1,500 hectares of bush.
Residents in the vicinity of Richardson Road, Grahamstown Road, Harvest Road, Pastures Drive, Medowie Road and Wade Close in Campvale are advised to seek shelter as the fire approaches.
Over 100 firefighters and water-bombing aircraft are attempting to contain the blaze.
However, conditions are getting worse, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, including gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour in the area.
RFS spokesman Paul Best said conditions eased overnight, but homes were again under threat.
“Strong winds have fanned that fire and the fire is now moving towards the Campvale area,” he said.
“The fire’s been upgraded to an emergency warning, and an emergency alert is being sent to people in that area.
“And the advice for people that will come under threat in the Campvale area is to shelter in place while that fire front arrives.”
Newcastle Airport has been closed.
“The advice for people that will come under threat in the Campvale area is to shelter in place while that fire front arrives, to protect themselves from the radiant heat and look after themselves and their family as that fire moves through,” he said.
An emergency warning was issued for the blaze yesterday, however, it was downgraded in the evening.
Late yesterday, light rain took the heat out of the fire, but that prevented crews backburning overnight.