Three firefighters have been injured while working to contain a bushfire blaze on the NSW Central Coast this afternoon.
The NSW Rural Fire service has warned motorists to take extra care on the M1 north of Sydney this evening with an inferno burning at Bushells Ridge, 22 kilometres north of Wyong.
The 50-hectare fire on Tooheys Road is continuing to burn towards the M1, with north-easterly winds pushing it towards the highway.
Firefighters have worked in hot conditions to contain the fire burning at Bushells Ridge. Smoke may continue to impact the M1 Motorway as the fire continues to burn internally over coming hours. Motorists should exercise caution and drive to the conditions. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/SQh91D2csl
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS)
NSW Rural Fires Service spokesman Ben Shepherd said the M1 remains open but is affected by smoke.
“Firefighters are now doing a back burn near the M1 on the eastern side that is likely to bring the fire closer to the M1,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “The M1 will remain open but the fire will be closer to the road. People are going to very much see that fire and that smoke.
“There are no threats and the fire remains at ‘Advice’ level.”
According to Nine News, three firefighters were injured in the blaze, with one NSW Rural Fire Service investigator taken to hospital in a stable condition.
A total of 76 firefighters from NSW Fire and Rescue and the Rural Fire Service attended the blaze.
Backburning has commenced on the eastern side of the M1, but there is no threat to motorists.