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Firefighters in keen battle near Newcastle airport

Firefighters in keen battle near Newcastle airport

Firefighters are slowly getting an upper hand over a bushfire burning in the Port Stephens area, north of Newcastle.

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire in the New South Wales Hunter region.

The strong winds did not let up on Sunday, with the fire has burning out nearly 2,000 hectares and closing Newcastle Airport for a second day.

Newcaslte Airport remains out-of-action, after it was closed on Saturday afternoon, with all flights being cancelled or diverted due to the fire.

More than 100 firefighters and water bombing aircraft are working to contain the fire. They were assisted by helicopters and Air Tanker 912, a DC-10 that was recently renamed "Nancy Bird" in honor of an Australian aviatrix.

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The fire is moving in an easterly direction under strong westerly winds.

The strong gusts has led to the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for damaging winds.

Just before 3pm the fire had reached Barrie Close in Williamtown, west of Newcastle Airport.

Late on Saturday, light rain took the heat out of the fire, but that prevented crews backburning overnight.


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