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Warning issued after out of control bushfire erupts in NSW

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Residents near an out-of-control bushfire near Port Stephens on the state’s mid-north coast have been warned it’s too late to leave.

An emergency warning has been issued for those around Richardson Road, to the west of Salt Ash, telling them to seek shelter immediately.

Water bombing aircraft are being used to dump water as firefighters do all they can to save homes and stop the spread of the blaze.

Emergency services are facing difficult conditions, with strong winds fanning the flames.

NSW Rural Fire Service’s James Morris tells Ben Fordham there is “really significant ember showers”.

He also says “it’s certainly too late to leave”.

“People trying to flee through major highways and roads, it’s just too dangerous.”

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