PHOTO: Montana-Lee Evans
A 5 hectare grass fire is currently threatening rural properties at Loxford.
The blaze broke out just after 2pm at McLeod and Dawes Streets and has spread to Hart Street, near the Hunter Expressway.
It's at the Watch and Act level.
Nearby residents are being warned to watch for flying embers and listen to the advice of firefighters on the ground.
14 crews from both the RFS and Fire and Rescue are on the scene doing their best to get it under control.