RFS and NPWS crews battle bushfire near Kearsley

UPDATE, 7PM: Firefighters will work throughout the night and possibly most of Friday to control a fire that has burned 120 hectares of bushland in the Coalfields.

The bushfire, near Kearsley, is in the Werakata National Park.

NSW Rural Fire Service operations officer Leanne Bell said firefighters were likely to have to do backburning, which will increase the size of the fire.

“Earlier today it jumped containment lines and we have had to set up new lines,” Ms Bell said.

Firefighters have succeeded in holding the fire along Elrington Trail Road to the south, Swamp Creek Trail to the north and Hebburn Road to the east.

Firefighters are now investigating holding the fire to an unnamed track to the west.

Ms Bell said there were 57 RFS firefighters, 17 units and four NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service units at the scene.

“The fire is being controlled and being contained,” Ms Bell said.

“We will have crews working through the night and most likely all day tomorrow.”

Earlier on Thursday afternoon a drone was spotted at the scene.

Its male owner posted the footage online, before reading a message from RFS about how the drone could pose a risk the operation and safety of the helicopters in the area.

The owner later apologised.

UPDATE, 3.30pm: ONE blaze continues to burn out of control in the Coalfields.

The bushfire, near Kearsley, is in the Werakata National Park.

Crews are trying to hold the fire along the Elrington Fire Trail just west of Hebburn Road.

Two other blazes near Abernethy and Neath have been contained by firefighters.


FIRE crews are battling three bushfires in remote country near Kearsley and Abernethy.

Crews from the Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife Service were called to the Werakata National Park following reports of smoke about 12.30pm on Thursday.

Inspector Glenn Byrnes, from the Lower Hunter RFS, said the fire appeared to be on the old Hebburn No2 coal mine land off the Elrington fire trail.

They had received multiple calls from Kurri Kurri, Abermain, Weston and Kearsley.

There was no property immediately under threat.

The temperature near the fire ground at 2pm was 38 degrees celsius with light winds.

A second blaze has sparked up near Abernethy.

Two fire crews were also at a small blaze off Cessnock Road at Abermain.

More to come