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TOTAL FIRE BAN across the Greater Hunter today due to hot and windy conditions

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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. 

Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 40s, with a relative humidity of around 10 per cent.

As of this morning all of the fires burning in NSW are at an ADVICE level.

That includes the Meads Creek fire in the Goulburn Rive National Park that is burning south-west of Merriwa, the huge Gospers Mountain blaze, Little L, Crumps Complex, Paddock Run, and Kerry Ridge fires burning in the Singleton and Muswellbrook areas. 

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