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TOTAL FIRE BAN across the Greater Hunter including the Upper Hunter today

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There is a TOTAL FIRE BAN in place across the Greater Hunter today including the Upper Hunter.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has the ban in place across the Greater Hunter Region including Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter and again in the New England and Northern Slopes regions.

In the New England and Northern Slopes the fire danger rating is EXTREME and in the Greater Hunter it is SEVERE.

The advice from the NSW RFS:

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

Under Severe and Very High fire conditions:
- Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire
- Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant
- Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. Gas and electric barbeques may be used provided certain conditions are met. Total Fire Ban rules and a map of current Total Fire Ban areas are listed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

In Muswellbrook the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning west to northwesterly 35 to 50 km/h during the morning and early afternoon and there's a top temperature of 33 degrees.

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