Fire­fight­ers stay on To­mago bush­fire, air­port opens

Fiji Sun - - Aust/nz News - New­cas­tle:

New­cas­tle Air­port re­opened yes­ter­day after smoke from an out of con­trol bush­fire forced its clo­sure, while fire­fight­ers con­tinue to bat­tle to con­tain the fire.

More than 100 fire­fight­ers are still work­ing to con­tain a bush­fire that threat­ened sev­eral homes near New­cas­tle. New­cas­tle Air­port says its op­er­a­tions are back to nor­mal on Sun­day after smoke from the To­mago blaze forced its clo­sure on Satur­day. NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Shane Fitzsim­mons says the overnight weather change has ham­pered con­tain­ment strate­gies.

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