Deliberately lit bushfire in Cessnock

Police are appealing for public assistance after a suspicious bush fire in the Hunter Valley this morning, NSW Police say.

About 2.30am tomorrow, a suspicious fire was lit in bush near the corner of Long Street and Old Maitland Road, Cessnock.

This spot has houses in close proximity. The fire burned an area of 20 x 10 metres before being extinguished by Fire & Rescue NSW officers.

Nobody was injured.

Police from Central Hunter LAC are investigating. There was a similar incident at the location on Saturday (21 May 2016).

Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stopers.