Bushfires burning in Tomago, just north of Newcastle, has forced the city’s airport to close and will remain closed until Sunday 14 Jan,2018 morning.
As Fire started approaching south west backside of Newcastle Airport in NSW, Australia, three Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopters, water bombers and more than 60 fire fighters were deployed to put out the blaze. All flights were cancelled and diverted to nearby airports.
Originally, a single fire was quickly travelling east towards Newcastle Airport, before it split in two and at around 3pm it changed direction northerly.
The fire was downgraded to an advice level about 7:30pm on Saturday after being an emergency situation for most of the afternoon, but the airport will remain close till Sunday 14th morning.
Emergency Warning– Masonite Road, Tomago: Fire burning near Masonite Rd, approx 10km N of Newcastle. Fire moving in E direction towards Newcastle Airport. Sth'ly wind change in area soon. Residents should monitor conditions & take advice from firefighters #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/mny0xRmZcY
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 13, 2018