Newcastle East Fire

There's lots of smoke in the area

Newcastle East Fire

Photo - Eclipse Events & PR

Fire and Rescue crews have been busy battling a grass fire in Newcastle's East End.

Teams were called out to the nature strip which separates Shortland Esplanade and Fort Drive near Fort Scratchley at around 1.30pm to find the hill alight.

Four teams have been dousing the area with water - there's no threat to any homes nor the fort itself. 

However the winds and the smoldering mulch on the hill has created an incredible amount of smoke in the area. 

While a number of vehicles parked near the fire have suffered minor flame and smoke damage.

Photo - Robert Facey

Video - Sarah Dimmock