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TOTAL FIRE BAN across NSW today; Gospers Mountain fire heading north towards Putty at WATCH AND ACT

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Image credit: Edinglassie Rural Fire Brigade getting prepped yesterday.

There is a TOTAL FIRE BAN across NSW today.

While conditions eased overnight fire fighters are still facing tough conditions across the state. 

All fire permits are suspended, no fires are allowed to be lit and no activities are allowed out in the open that could cause a spark and potentially a fire. 

A strong southerly swept through the region late last night, but a bush fire that has ripped through more than 45,000 hectares of bush in the Wollomi National Park continues to burn out of control. 

The Gospers Mountain blaze that was threatening areas including Putty continues to burn out of control and is this morning at a WATCH AND ACT level - the fire is burning in the area of Mellong and moving in a northerly direction towards Putty.

Properties remain under threat, and crews are working to protect properties after the fire also spotted into the areas of St Albans and Upper MacDonald - if you're in the area the advice from the NSW Rural Fire Service is to monitor the conditions. 

The Putty Road will remain closed from Colo River to Milbrodale.

The Singleton Saleyards and the Singleton Showground are still open to take large animals such as horses for those who have had leave their properties. 

There is an evacuation centre set up at Singleton Diggers for residents in the area. 

To the rest of the region and the New England Highway at Whittingham reopened late last night after being close for much of yesterday due to a grassfire. 

Wine Country Drive also reopened last night after a grassfire whipped up out of nowhere yesterday afternoon - embers from that blaze started another fast moving grassfire at Greta - both of those fires are at an ADVICE level this morning. 

Three Hunter Valley RFS volunteers suffered smoke inhalation fighting the North Rothbury blazes and a fourth volunteer was treated for an injury after falling over. 

Four homes were damaged.

If you happen to be travelling with horses and impacted by road closures and can't get to where you need to be, Upper Hunter Shire Council is offering free camping space:

- Rosedale Equine Complex, 72 Mayne St, MURRURUNDI, New England Highway
- St Andrews Reserve, St Andrews St, ABERDEEN
- Merriwa Showground, 2 Dutton St, MERRIWA, Golden Highway.

No bookings are required, just turn up.

The locations all have limited, basic toilet and shower facilities.

OR there is limited paid campsites (which include stables) at White Park, Scone. For White Park, you must book here http://whitepark.com.au/ind…/bookings/stables-and-camp-sites.

Image credit: Kim Clerke