Strong Winds Push NSW Hunter Fire North

NSW firefighters battling a bushfire in the Port Stephens area are fighting with strong southerly winds that continue to push the fire north.

The bushfire north of Newcastle has burnt 1509 hectares of land in Tomago, Williamtown and Raymond Terrace, with the NSW Rural Fire Service issuing an emergency warning for residents in the area to seek shelter as the fire approaches.

The strong southerly winds have pushed the fire north of Newcastle Airport with the winds expected to continue into the evening, the RFS says.

Residents of the nearby town of Medowie have also been warned to monitor conditions and be aware of falling ash and embers in the area.

The fire has forced the cancellation of all Jetstar and Virgin Australia flights to and from Newcastle Airport on Sunday afternoon.

“We are experiencing further disruptions to flights at Newcastle Airport due to high winds and the developing bush fire situation nearby,” Newcastle Airport posted on its Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.