Fight Against NSW Bushfires Continues
A major bushfire continues to burn out of control in the NSW Hunter region.
The fire around Balickera, Karuah and Limeburners Creek has taken out more than 6600 hectares and authorities are telling residents to be on the alert.
A watch and act warning remained in place on Monday morning amid fears hot, dry and windy weather conditions could push the fire towards Swan Bay and Medowie.
The Port Stephens blaze is one of about 50 burning around the state.
Most are under control or being brought under control.
NSW Rural Fire Service workers had a busy day on Sunday, with fires at Cessnock and Lone Pine requiring 1200 firefighters between them.
Residents in the Cessnock suburbs of Kitchener and Abernethy and those at Karuah near Lone Pine were under threat for most of the day before the RFS downgraded alert advice to "watch and act" by the early evening as conditions eased
No injuries have been reported so far but there are unconfirmed reports of property damage.
NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the Port Stephens fire area stretched 80km.
"So there's a lot of active edge around that fire," he told Nine News.
"Westerly, north-westerly winds are going to present some real challenges for people in that area and, of course, the firefighters working on that fire ground."
The dry winds were coming from central Australia.
"That's the recipe for elevated fire behaviour and increased chances of fire spreading beyond identified containment lines," he said.