GALLERY: Crews work to contain Dudley fire

Motorists have been warned to avoid the Dudley and Redhead areas if possible after a large grass fire today.

All of Redhead Road from White Cap Place, Redhead, to Ocean Street, Dudley, has been closed, while Oakdale Road is closed at Bulls Garden Road, Gateshead. 

Dudley Road was closed in both directions after a large grass fire in Dudley today.

Roads and Maritime Services have urged motorists to exercise caution and allow extra travel time due to the amount of smoke in the area.  

The road is closed between Ocean Street and Redhead Road.

Containment lines were being established and aerial bombing has begun in an attempt to control the fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW said no evacuations were required at this time. 

Property owners have been warned to prepare.

The Rural Fire Service said it had carried out a door knock in the area as some properties were at risk.

The large fire is burning in the Awabakal nature reserve between Dudley and Redhead.

It was deemed to be an out-of-control scrub fire, covering about 36 hectares.

Multiple fire crews have been attending the fire, which this morning threatened the southernmost house near the end of Ocean Street on Dudley Bluff.

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