As of 11 o’clock on Sunday morning, the fire was listed as ‘being controlled’ and remained at an ‘Advice’ level warning.
Advice: Seaside Dr, Fern Bay (Port Stephens LGA).#NSWRFS & @FRNSW firefighters are backburning along Nelson Bay Road to build containment lines on the fire. Nelson Bay Rd will be closed for around 2 hrs while this takes place. #nswfires pic.twitter.com/RYsXqKXq63
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 6, 2019
It’s already burnt through around 28 hectares, with flames coming within a few hundred metres of homes on Dune Drive on Saturday night.
Water-bombing aircraft were called into to assist crews on the ground.
Local residents should continue to monitor the situation.