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TOTAL FIRE BAN in place not only in the Greater Hunter but in every area of NSW

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A TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place not only in the Greater Hunter but in every area of NSW.

The statewide fire ban comes as there are forecast hot, windy and dry conditions across the state today (Tuesday 12th February 2019).

In the Greater Hunter region that includes Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter, Singleton, Maitland and Cessnock where there will be an EXTREME Fire Danger Rating. 

"No fires are to be lit out in the open. It's also important not to be flicking your cigarette butts on a day like today and it's also important if you see an unattended fire please call Triple Zero immediately," said Greg Allan from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

"It's a combination of factors that has seen the statewide Total Fire Ban today. With dry conditions, very hot conditions, temperatures in their high 30s for the Greater Hunter but also these very strong winds as well which has meant that we have this extreme fire danger rating for the Greater Hunter."

Under Extreme fire conditions:
- Homes that are specially designed and constructed to withstand a bush fire, prepared to the highest level and actively defended may provide safety
- Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and know when you will leave, where you will go and how you will get there. Know what you will do if you cannot leave
- Leaving early in the day is your safest option
- Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au 

Greg Allan from the NSW Rural Fire Service said it is absolutely vital to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan in place.

"It is very important to ask yourself and your family when will you go, what will you take and where will you go. Have that discussion with your family now so that you'll know what to do if a fire does threaten."

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