Rural Fire Service declares total fire ban for Tuesday, February 12 as ‘extreme’ conditions predicted for Hunter

A statewide Total Fire Ban has been declared for Tuesday due to forecast hot, dry and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight Monday, covers all New South Wales Local Government Areas.

The Greater Hunter area, which includes Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter council areas, has the highest fire danger rating in the state for Tuesday with ‘extreme’ conditions expected.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) advises that 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.