Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

A bush fire is burning in the vicinity of Lake Innes, Port Macquarie. The fire is more than 2,200 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

The Crestwood Drive fire has been burning for several days and broke containment lines earlier yesterday.

The fire has now burnt more than 2020 hectares of bushland and is continuing to spread.

A number of spot fires took hold to the north and west of Lake Cathie village yesterday.

A separate spot fire which started on the western side of Lake Innes continues to burn in and around Long Point.

Crews will undertake backburning operations along Houston Mitchell Drive today and this Drive will be closed between the Pacific Highway and Lake Cathie.

Firefighters and aircraft have been working to slow the spread of the fire and protect properties. The Large Air Tankers have been used to drop retardant close to homes in an effort to slow the fire.

Advice:

Conditions are easing. The fire will continued to burn throughout the night, however there are significant resources in the area protecting properties.

Firefighters will be conducting backburning operations where local conditions allow today. You will see an increase in smoke and flames while these operations are carried out.

If you are in the areas of Lake Cathie, Long Point or Bonny Hills, monitor conditions and ensure you know what to do if the situation changes.

If you are in the area of Kew, Kendall, Herons Creek and Bob's Creek, the immediate threat has eased. Monitor conditions.

Houston Mitchell Drive is closed between the Pacific Highway and Lake Cathie. Ocean Drive is closed between Lake Cathie and Port Macquarie.

If you are not in the area, it may not be safe to return as roads can be closed at short notice.

Other Information

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

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