Firefighters will work through the night to try and get the Lovedale inferno under control.
It's burnt through more than 180 hectares and continues to travel in a southeasterly direction and is yet to be contained.
More than 100 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue and National Parks and Wildlife are trying to get the bushfire under control with the help of water-bombing aircraft.
There are no homes under threat.
The fire remains at the ADVICE level.
The Rural Fire Service has just downgraded the inferno to the ADVICE level.
It's burnt through 88 hectares northeast of Cessnock and continues to burn out of control in a southeasterly direction, but conditions are easing the head of the fire has moved away from homes near Barnard Road.
There's still a lot of smoke in the area, with firefighters to work through the night to try and get the blaze under control.
The Lovedale fire is burning around 7km northeast of Cessnock and is heading in a southeasterly direction.
Residents in the area of Barnard Rd, Londons Rd, Lodge Rd, Old Maitland Rd, Abermain, Cessnock, Neath, and Weston should monitor the situation and know what they'll do if fire threatens.
It's reached 39 degrees in the area this afternoon.
A bushfire just north of Cesnsock has been upgraded to the watch and act level.
Firefighters are battling a five hectare blaze near Majors Lane & Lovedale Road at Lovedale.
It's moving in a southeasterly direction towards Barnards.
Water-bombing aircraft have been called in to support firefighters on the ground.
No properties are currently under threat, but property protection is underway near Mears Lane.