A man's been arrested after starting a bushfire that came close to homes at Nelson Bay last night.
The blaze broke out in bush between Saratoga Avenue and Wallawa Road at around 10:30pm.
A 44 year old suspect was found nearby.
Police say he was intoxicated and admitted to "accidentally" lighting the fire.
However he couldn't explain to officers how the fire actually started.
He's currently being questioned at Raymond Terrace Police Station.