Fires burn throughout Lower Hunter at Wallaroo and Wollombi

An empty Pacific Highway after a bushfire closes the road at Twelve Mile Creek. Picture: Fire and Rescue Raymond Terrace
An empty Pacific Highway after a bushfire closes the road at Twelve Mile Creek. Picture: Fire and Rescue Raymond Terrace

The Rural Fire Service have been kept busy in the early days of spring containing multiple fires around the Lower Hunter on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, RFS crews had contained a fire at Rocky Creek Road at Wollombi, south of Cessnock. 

Crews have monitored the situation throughout the day.

Elsewhere, a fire at Wallaroo which flared up on Wednesday afternoon has been brought under control. 

The fire impacted 286 hectares of mainly bushland, with crews enlisting the help of a water-bombing helicopter to manage the blaze throughout Thursday. 

The early season flare ups come amid concerns that a dry winter with minimal rain and recent windy conditions will help contribute to a bumper bushfire season. 

Multiple out of control fires erupted across the Hunter on Tuesday, the same day the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, a federal government agency, launched its seasonal outlook for the bushfire season.

The Pacific Motorway was shut in both directions on Tuesday when a fire near Medowie threatened to jump the road. Earlier that day a blaze at Cameron Park sent a thick haze of smoke across the Newcastle Link Road.

Bushfire season officially starts on October 1.