New England Highway reopened

October 26, 2023 7:22 am in by
A large plume of smoke from the grass fire above the New England Highway. Image: Michael Cleary

The New England Highway has reopened to traffic following a fire that forced its closure between Hebden Road and Lemington Road.

The busy roadway was shut in both directions after the blaze jumped the highway late yesterday afternoon forcing motorists to divert onto the Golden Highway.

The fire burned through 350 hectares during EXTREME FIRE DANGER conditions.

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Authorities were forced to call in water bombing aircraft to bring it under control.

The highway reopened at 2:30 this morning.

Fire crews worked well into the night to extinguish a grass fire adjacent to the New England Highway at Ravensworth. Image: Mangoola RFS Brigade