Man falls from roof in NSW bushfire area

Luke Costin

A man has been seriously injured after he fell three metres from a ladder at a property in the area of a massive bushfire on the NSW mid-north coast.

Aged in his 70s, the man suffered chest and abdominal injuries in the fall at a property on Hillville Road, Hillville about 4.45pm on Saturday, NSW Ambulance says.

The road was the starting point of a bushfire that has burned nearly 30,000 hectares south of Taree over the past fortnight.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service said the man may have been cleaning his gutters to protect his property from fires.

He was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious-but-stable condition.