Wyee fire forces evacuation of school, homes

Conditions have eased near where a bushfire forced the evacuation of more than 120 children from a school at Wyee and threatened a number of homes today.

RFS spokeswoman said emergency services had evacuated 129 children from the school.

Deputy Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service Rob Rogers said a number of children have treated for smoke inhalation at Wyee Community Centre. Ambulance NSW crews have attended.

A service station and a nursery have also been evacuated. 

The fire is threatening homes in Wyee and emergency service crews have started evacuating residents.

Deputy Commissioner Rogers said the fire had jumped Wyee Road and it was looking like properties may be threatened. 

Wyee Road reopened in both directions between Rutleys Road and Hue Hue Road. There is heavy traffic in both directions and motorists should expect delays. 

Houses in Webber Road, Forest Road, Woodville Road, Karagi Street, Munmorah Street, Collungra Street, Badjewoi Street, Jilliby Street, Fire Station Lane, Wallarah Street,Tuggerah Street, Warrawolong Street, Bungaree Street, Pulbah Street and the North-South Railway Line may come under threat.

The Sydney to Newcastle rail corridor has been closed. Check www.131500.info for information on public transport.

Buses are now replacing trains between Wyong and Morisset in both directions on the Newcastle & Central Coast Line due to a bushfire closing the line at Wyee.

Major delays are still expected so passengers are advised to allow extra travel time, listen to station announcements and check indicator boards.

There is no forecast for when train services will resume.

The fire has already burnt 10 hectares and the Rural Fire Service has issued an alert that it may threaten homes off Webbers Road this afternoon.

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