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TOTAL FIRE BAN across the Greater Hunter today

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Fire conditions have been rated as SEVERE for the Greater Hunter region today prompting a TOTAL FIRE BAN.

The Northern Slopes also has a TOTAL FIRE BAN in place today and the fire danger rating for those regions is VERY HIGH.

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

If you see a fire unattended or are concerned call Triple Zero immediately. 

A fire that was sparked by a fatal car accident yesterday near Cessnock has been downgraded overnight to ADVICE.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says it is more than 200 hectares in size and still burning out of control in bushland south of Pelaw Main in the area of Leggetts Drive.

The fire is also moving in a south easterly direction towards the Richmond Vale area - fire crews have been working hard overnight to protect homes.

If you are in the area of Avery Lane, Stanford Merthyr, monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Leggetts Drive between Neath Street and Whitebridge Road remains closed in both directions.

Two fires burning in national park in the Singleton LGA have also been downgraded to advice overnight - the Paddock Run fire at Howes Valley in still out of control but conditions have eased overnight.

The Little L Complex fire in the Yengo National Park is also at ADVICE this morning burning to the west of Paynes Crossing, Laguna and Wollombi.

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