At around 12pm today the NSW RFS began fighting a fire the Stockrington/Minmi near Dog Hole Rd and Seahampton Road. An emergency warning was sent to all telephones around 12:30pm and children from Minmi Public School on Stockrington Road, Minmi, were relocated to the community centre.
The situation escalated as the RFS advised residents to enact their bushfire survival plan and at 1:20pm the M1 Pacific Motorway (F3) was completely closed.
The fire began to rage in an easterly direction and residents of Minmi were warned that they could come under ember attack if the fire crossed the motorway.
Water bombers and personnel on the ground worked very hard to stop the raging fire.
At 3:45pm team of Rural Fire crews from Wallsend, Budgewoi and Pearl Beach began to congregate at the Minmi Sportsground prepared to fight the oncoming fire and protect homes and businesses.
The weather situation had changed by 4pm and all Southbound lanes were re-opened on the M1 Pacific Motorway however Northbound lanes were kept closed for backburning operations.
Then at 5:55pm as the RFS downgraded the fire to “Watch and Act” as the fire wasn’t threatening homes.
As of 10:30pm the Northbound carriageway remains closed as the RFS undergo backburning to hopefully prevent the fire from leaping the motorway when it arrives.
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