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Fire crews will be kept busy overnight with several fires burning in the Hunter Valley and Upper Hunter regions

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Fire crews will be kept busy overnight with multiple fires burning across the Upper Hunter and Hunter Valley regions. 

There is one fire at EMERGENCY level as of 7:15pm at Leggetts Drive, Pelaw Main near Cessnock. 

The fire was sparked this morning after a tragic fatal accident where the driver died at the scene.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says the fire is burning in an easterly direction towards Averys Lane. The fire is also moving in a south easterly direction towards the Richmond Vale area.

Firefighters and aircraft are working in the area to protect homes including the Large Air Tankers.

The advice from the NSW RFS is:

  • If you are in the area of Avery Lane Stanford Merthyr, you are at risk.
  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).

There are two fires burning in the Putty and Yengo areas. 

One is burning west of Garland Valley and Howes Valley areas spreading in a mainly easterly direction and is more than 3,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

There are also a number of other fires burning in the Yengo National Park including the Little L complex fire.

Putty Road could be impacted by smoke under these conditions.

Advice from the NSW RFS:

  • If you are in the area of Garland Valley, Howes Valley and Reedy Creek, monitor the situation. Know what to do if the fire threatens.
  • If you are in Putty area, monitor conditions. Check and follow your bush fire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is the safest option.

Also burning in the Singleton LGA is the Little L Complex fire that is now more than 13,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning to the west of Paynes Crossing, Laguna and Wollombi. The fire is moving in a easterly direction towards the Great North Road and has spotted across Stockyard Creek and Quart Pot Creek.

Fire activity is increasing in the Finchley Track area, west of Laguna.

Yango Creek Road and Stockyard Creek Road are open to local residents only. Roads into Yengo National Park are closed.

Advice from the NSW RFS:

  • If you are in the area of Stockyard Creek, Quart Pot Creek, Cagneys Road, Moores Road, Bivens Road, Upper Yango Creek Road and Knights Road, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • If you are in the area of Wollombi and Laguna, monitor conditions. Leaving early is the safest option.
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
  • If you are not prepared, leave early in the day.

The fire burning near Merriwa in the Goulburn River National Park remains at ADVICE.

Wherever you are monitor the conditions https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me