Firefighters still battling blaze south of Muswellbrook  ( admin posted on June 13th, 2018 )

The Golden Highway has now reopened near Denman following a fire which hadclosed the highwayin both directions since late yesterday afternoon.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said 12 tankers and 17 firefighters were building containment lines at Dalswinton this morning, with six aircraft working to extinguish the 300-hectare blaze last night.

Aerial support is expected to continue today.

Crews have also been facing a separate haystack fire on Brisbane Road at Morpeth since about 3am today, with five crews still on scene.

An excavator is on scene, pulling apart 40 one-tonne bales of hay to extinguish the fire.

Hunter Valley police are advising motorists to be wary of smoke in the surrounding areas.

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