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NT authorities have warned that properties in the vicinity of a large grass fire near Darwin Airport ‘may be under threat’. VIDEO: Steve Pond Photography

Fire crews are battling a large grass fire near Darwin AirportSource:Supplied

Authorities have issued a watch and act order for the Darwin suburbs of Eaton and Marrara as fire crews battle to contain a sizeable grass fire.

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue said some properties could be under threat as the blaze spreads, although no evacuations have yet been ordered.

Homes on Larkin Ave in Eaton are particularly vulnerable and those in the area were told to take defensive action if safe to do so.

A plane landing at Darwin Airport earlier today, with smoke from the large grass fire burning nearby. Picture: Emma Munday

A plane landing at Darwin Airport earlier today, with smoke from the large grass fire burning nearby. Picture: Emma MundaySource:Supplied

“Residents and business owners in this area have been advised to take action to protect their properties and enact their bushfire emergency plans,” NT Fire and Rescue said.

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“Properties may be under threat.”

An alert issued by the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services on Wednesday afternoon said its caution remained current for Larkin Ave, Amy Johnson Ave, Boulter Ave and the Berrimah Business Park.

The bushfire broke out earlier today near the city’s airport although it didn’t affect aircraft arrivals and departures.

Fire crews are battling a large grass fire near Darwin Airport

Fire crews are battling a large grass fire near Darwin AirportSource:Supplied

“Crews will be conducting back burning operations in the vicinity of Abala Road, The Links Estate, Darwin Golf Course and Malak Caravan Park,” PFES said.

“The fire will generate a significant amount of smoke in these areas. Any nearby residents are advised to close their windows and stay indoors.

“For the safety of firefighting crews and other vehicles, drivers in the area are urged to slow down, turn on headlights and drive safely for the conditions. Obey any directions of emergency services personnel.”

A fire blazes near Darwin Airport. Pic: Jacob Farrell

A fire blazes near Darwin Airport. Pic: Jacob FarrellSource:Supplied

Residents and business owners in the affected area have been advised to review emergency warnings via the PFES website at pfes.nt.gov.au.

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