Posted: 6 November, 2016
Bushfire Threatens Hunter Valley Residents
They've been told it's too late to leave.
Residents in suburbs of Cessnock in the NSW Hunter Valley have been told it is too late to leave as a bush fire threatens the town.
The NSW Rural Fire Service issued the emergency warning on Sunday afternoon telling residents of Abernethy and Kitchener to seek shelter.
An emergency warning also remains in place for the Lone Pine fire at Port Stephens.
The fire started in Balickera and travelled east across the Pacific Highway and the Karuah River and is threatening the town of Karuah, where locals have been told to take shelter.
Firefighters and aircraft are battling both blazes as strengthening winds increase fire activity in the area.
Nine Mile Creek residents should take advice from firefighters on the ground while residents of Limeburners Creek, Swan Bay and North Arm Cove are being advised to monitor the situation closely.
The Pacific Highway has been closed in both directions at Twelve Mile Creek.
Several watch and act alerts have also been issued for the Forster-Tuncurry area on Sunday, but the RFS says it has gained the upper hand.
Fire crews are battling out of control bush fires on Hind Avenue and The Lakes Way in Forster as well as grass fires on Churchill Road in Forster and Point Road in Tuncurry.