UPDATE: North Rothbury residents urged to seek shelter immediately

UPDATE: An emergency warning has been declared for the bushfire at North Rothbury (25km south east of Singleton).
UPDATE: An emergency warning has been declared for the bushfire at North Rothbury (25km south east of Singleton).

UPDATE (3:40pm): An emergency warning has been declared for the bushfire on Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury and is spreading quickly.

The NSW RFS website has stated that 'property and life is under threat'.

"It is too late to leave, seek shelter," the post declared moments ago.

For more information about the fires, contact the Bush Fire Information Line - 1800 679 737

In case of emergency, contact 000.

NORTH ROTHBURY FIRE: The NSW Rural Fire Service website has warned residents of Wine Country Drive, North Rothbury and Huntlee to seek shelter as Lower Hunter crews battle a nearby bushfire.

NORTH ROTHBURY FIRE: The NSW Rural Fire Service website has warned residents of Wine Country Drive, North Rothbury and Huntlee to seek shelter as Lower Hunter crews battle a nearby bushfire.

MEANWHILE the New England Highway remains closed in both directions between Range Road and Hermitage Road as Rural Fire Service crews continue to battle a bushfire on the corner of the Golden Highway.

"Cruises are continuing to mop up the fire and we just have a couple of problem trees which will delay us for about another hour or so," RFS Public Liaison Officer told the Singleton Argus at 3:18pm this afternoon (click here for further coverage).