There is a TOTAL FIRE BAN in place across the Greater Hunter tomorrow, Monday 7th October, 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 and Upper Hunter.
In the Greater Hunter it is severe due to the warm and dry conditions.
There's also a Total Fire Ban in place across the New England including Glenn Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha and Armidale with a severe fire danger rating. It's also in place for the Northern Slopes including Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains and Tamworth, also a severe fire danger rating.
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.
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