Australia –– MORE than 120 children have been evacuated from a holiday camp and the Sydney to Newcastle train line remains closed as fire fighters battle a blaze at Wyee this afternoon.
The fire has already burned an area of 10ha, with about 80 fire fighters working to slow its spread.
The Rural Fire Service said 129 children were evacuated and several were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.
Trains are blocked in both directions between Morisset and Wyong with about a dozen Rural Fire Service crews and two water-bombing helicopters battling the fire which ignited about 2.30pm.
The fire closed Wyee Rd after it ripped through a nearby nursery and threatened the Wyee Metro service station.
“It was like a fire ball,” service station attendant Sarah Cotter said.
“I felt it, it was across the road and I said to my manager ‘you’d better come and look at this’.
“And then it just blew across the road.”
The manager Kristy Bolger evacuated about a dozen people from the service station who made their way up to the Wyee RFS station.
The fast moving fire has crossed the railway line and is burning in an east, north-easterly direction away from the F3 freeway.
Houses in Webber Rd, Forest Rd, Woodville Rd, Karagi St, Munmorah St, Collungra St, Badjewoi St, Jilliby St, Fire Station Lane, Wallarah St,Tuggerah St, Warrawolong St, Bungaree St and Pulbah St may come under threat, an RFS spokeswoman said.
“Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving,” she said.
“Embers may be be blown ahead of the main fire creating spot fires.
“These spot fires may threaten homes earlier than the predicted main fire front.”
The blaze came to within metres of homes at Wallarah St where residents have been using garden hoses to water fences, trees and burned ground.
Crews are expected to remain fighting the fire well into the evening.