Emergency Bushfire Warning in NSW Hunter

Newcastle Airport fire rages as flights cancelled

Newcastle Airport fire rages as flights cancelled

An emergency bushfire warning has been downgraded in the Port Stephens region as authorities work to control a blaze that has forced the closure of Newcastle Airport.

The fire has burnt through 28 hectares around Masonite Rd and is moving in an easterly direction towards Newcastle Airport.

The Airport was closed on Saturday afternoon, with flights cancelled or diverted due to the fire that is being fanned by a strong westerly winds. Residents in Tomago and Williamtown were told to shelter in place.

The RFS said the fire is being controlled by firefighters on the scene, with more fire crew and aircraft being sent to assist.

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"Check and follow your bushfire survival plan and prepare for a bushfire in your area", RFS advice said.

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

A wind change in the afternoon was expected to push the fire north.

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