Redesdale fire: Homes threatened as crews battle blaze

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FULL STORY: HOMES in Lyal, Myrtle Creek, Pilchers Bridge and Redesdale were threatened last night after a fire broke out in the area.

More than 25 tankers and two aircraft were called to Old Ford Road, Redesdale, about 7.30pm with an emergency warning issued for the area. 

The blaze moved in a north-westerly direction from Newnhams Lane towards Myrtle Creek.

Crews managed to contain the blaze about 9.20pm and the emergency warning was downgraded to an advice message.

A Country Fire Authority media spokesman said the fire destroyed about 160 hectares of grassland.

He said crews would remain on scene overnight to black out and ensure the fire did not reignite.

"It was burning near a river so that helped box it in," he said.

"The fire from a week ago in the same place helped."

The media spokesman said the fire would be investigated.

EARLIER: 

UPDATE 9.28PM: 

THE fire in Redesdale is now contained. 

UPDATE 8.56PM: 

AN EMERGENCY warning is still in place for Lyal, Myrtle Creek, Pilchers Bridge and Redesdale. 

The CFA is warning people in these areas to seek shelter. 

UPDATE 8.35PM:

A CFA spokesman said aircraft are on scene at the fire in Redesdale but are only able to work until nightfall. 

UPDATE 8.30PM: 

A FIRE which broke out in Redesdale has burnt about 160 hectares of grassland. 

UPDATE 8.16PM: 

AN EMERGENCY warning is still in place for Lyal, Myrtle Creek, Pilchers Bridge and Redesdale. 

Fire crews continue to battle a blaze which is travelling in a north-westerly direction from Newnhams Lane towards Myrtle Creek.

UPDATE 8.02PM: 

AN EMERGENCY warning has been issued for Lyal, Myrtle Creek, Pilchers Bridge and Redesdale. 

A fast moving, out-of-control grassfire travelling in a north-westerly direction from Newnhams Lane towards Myrtle Creek. 

EARLIER: 

FIRE crews are battling an out-of-control blaze in Old Fords Road, Redesdale.

The fire broke out about 7.30pm. 

A Country Fire Authority media spokesman said the grassfire was moving in a north-westerly direction away from the township of Redesdale. 

He said 25 resources were at the scene. 

No warnings have been issued. 

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