Bushfire forces closure of Newcastle Airport

Masonite Rd Tomago bushfire. Pic shows a water bombing helicopter at work over the fire. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers MMH Bushfire threatening homes, property and livestock between Tomago and Williamtown. Picture shows fire fighters at a property along Cabbage Tree Road, Williamtown.

A large bushfire burning near Newcastle, which forced the city’s airport to close and caused residents to shelter in their homes, was downgraded in severity to “watch and act” on Sunday evening.

Though the fire had begun to subside with crews “slowly gaining the upper hand”, strong southerly winds were expected overnight, pushing the fire north.

On Monday morning the fire was downgraded to ‘advice’ and was being controlled by the Rural Fire Service.

The Bureau of Meteorology had on Sunday issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds to Newcastle, with gusts averaging 60 to 70 km/h, while peak gusts could reach 90 km/h.

Almost 200 firefighters worked to contain the fire “ahead of hot conditions this week”, the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Sunday evening.

The fire, which has burned 1931 hectares of land, was given “emergency” status when it flared up at Tomago on Saturday, then downgraded overnight to “advice” level.

Strong southerly winds on Sunday returned the fire to emergency status, when a spot fire was sparked to the north of the initial blaze. Almost 200 firefighters continue to work on the Masonite Fire burning near Campvale & Williamtown, north of Newcastle. These crews will remain on the fireground overnight as they work to contain the fire ahead of hot conditions this week. #NSWRFS#FRNSW#NPWSpic.twitter老域名购买/vjzQdjq3MN??? NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 14, 2018Emergency Warning: Masonite Rd, Tomago fire. This infrared imagery is looking south east over the Newcastle airport. The video shows the location of spot fires to the north of the airport runway. https://t苏州夜场招聘/o5vERBAR4L#NSWRFSpic.twitter老域名购买/f5Fi4U9DBc??? NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 14, 2018Masonite Rd Fire now at Advice. Conditions continue to ease. Firefighters will remain on the fireground overnight as they work to contain the fire. #NSWRFShttps://t苏州夜场招聘/l60v534xuGpic.twitter老域名购买/YH781GGZ41??? NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 14, 2018Tomago bushfire smoke chokes Richardson Road as wind starts to pick up. @nbnnewspic.twitter老域名购买/VfPp0HJvT2??? Meredith Gibbs (@meredith_gibbs) January 14, 2018Gale force winds are expected along parts of the NSW coastal fringe today. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued: https://t苏州夜场招聘/MSG9BOrwXQ. Check observations at https://t苏州夜场招聘/T7xOVXXHiq. #Sydney#Illawarra#Hunter#MidNorthCoast#NorthernRiverspic.twitter老域名购买/Dc8xcP6SfM??? Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 13, 2018It’s windy in Sydney. This just fell down. pic.twitter老域名购买/8mjLUZHVOx??? David M. Levinson (@trnsprtst) January 14, 2018