There’s a major Bushfire emergency in Lake Macquarie.
Firefighters are battling an out of control blaze in the city threatening life and homes.
Locals are being told to shelter as massive flames whipped up by strong winds create havoc for crews.
“Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving,” the RFS said in an alert.
Images from the Lake Macquarie fires shows huge flames close to suburban homes.
Latest Lake Macquarie Bushfire updates:
Emergency Warning Merleview St, Belmont: Firefighters from #nswrfs & @FRNSW are continuing to provide property protection to a number of homes south of Wommara Avenue. Residents should continue to monitor their properties & homes for embers and spot fires.
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Major Fire Updates
Emergency Warning – Merleview St, Belmont (Lake Macquarie LGA) 2019-08-22 20:34
Posted: 2019-08-22 20:34A bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Merleview Street Belmont. The fire is out of control.
A bush fire is burning to the east of Merleview Street Belmont. The fire is moving under strong southerly winds towards, Goulding Ave, Railway Crescent, Kalaroo Road, John Darling Ave, John Fisher Road and Siloam Dr.
Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving. Embers will be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires that will move quickly and in different directions. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.
Residents in the area of Goulding Ave, Railway Crescent, Kalaroo Road, John Darling Ave, John Fisher Rd and Siloam Dr are advised to seek shelter in a solid structure as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.
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