Hunter Valley blaze rages in national park

Hunter Valley blaze rages in national park

16 February 2018

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AUSTRALIA – An out-of-control bushfire in a Hunter Valley national park has been downgraded, but locals are being warned to not return to their properties as firefighters work to contain the blaze.

The bushfire had burnt through about 10,000 hectares of bushland in the Wollemi National Park and Putty State Forrest on Friday evening.

While a ‘watch and act’ warning was issued for the area earlier in the day, the fire was downgraded to an ‘advice’ by the evening.

A south-easterly wind change in the evening had pushed the blaze back across the fireground, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Water-bombing aircraft are helping battle the flames.

Firefighters said smoke was likely to affect Mudgee and Lithgow overnight.

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