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Emergency Warning Issued For Out-Of-Control Tenterfield Bushfire

An emergency fire warning has been issued for Tenterfield, in northern NSW, with residents urged to leave now or seek shelter.

The fast-moving fire is burning in the Leechs Gully area north of Tenterfield and spreading quickly.

It is out of control, with spot fires developing in front as it moves in an easterly direction.

The fire is likely to cross Mount Lindsay Road, towards the Bruxner Highway.

The fire is listed as out of control. Photo: NSW RFS.

Residents are being urged to leave now if it is safe to do so, or seek shelter in a solid structure.

"If you are in doubt or it is not safe to leave, take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire," the rural fire service said.

Firefighters are on the scene and are being supported by waterbombing aircraft.

RFS Inspector Ben Shephard told the ABC the fire had developed quite rapidly. It began shortly before 11am today and was issued with a "watch and act" around midday, before with the emergency alert was issued around 2pm.

"We have sent emergency alert text messages to affected homes in the area, just advising them to seek shelter as that fire approaches," Shephard said.

Dry and warm conditions, low humidity and gusty winds exacerbated the fire today.

It comes less than a month after four homes and a shooting range in Tenterfield were destroyed by bushfire.

A 65-year-old firefighter was injured trying to contain the blaze, and was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition.

Updates can be found on the NSW Rural Fire Service website here.

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