Emergency Fire Warnings Issued As Strong Winds Stir Blazes
Residents in the Port Stephens area are being urged to take cover.
An emergency warning for a salt ash fire burning at Port Stephens in NSW has been issued.
Residents in the area of Brownes Road and Rookes Road are being urged to seek shelter as the fire approaches. The fire activity is also threatening the Lemon Tree Passage area.
The warning was increased from watch and act to emergency level as fire crews worked to contain the blaze amid windy conditions. The fire has burned through over 1,400 hectares of bush land.
Meanwhile, two large fires have continued to burn along the NSW south coast. A fire near the west of Ulladulla broke the containment lines on Saturday however, fire crews managed to re-contain the blaze after an hour.
Further south and a blaze near Bega has destroyed three homes and burnt through over 5,000 hectares of land.
Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said strong winds made containing the fires especially difficult.
"The firefighters did some good work supported by aircraft but it has been quite difficult firefighting at all those fires today, because of the winds we've experienced," Mr Rogers told the ABC.
Teenager Charged Over NSW Fire
NSW Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with deliberately lighting a fire in NSW's north. It is believed the fire damaged a fire truck and threatened property, power poles and fences on Saturday.
The fire burned out-of-control through 175 hectares of bush land and residents in Tabulam near west Casino were on stand-by to evacuate.
It took a number of emergency crews and an aircraft around six hours to completely extinguish the blaze.
The teenager was granted bail and will face court on September 5.
The boy is the second person to be charged with deliberately lighting a fire in the region in the last week.