Ahead of hot, dry conditions, NSW RFS declares total fire ban for Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter local government areas

THE NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued a total fire ban and a severe fire danger rating in the Greater Hunter on Thursday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, local residents can expect windy conditions and a top of 30 degrees on November 7.

A total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.

During a total fire ban, residents cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

Works like welding or any activity that produces a spark or flame are also not allowed in the open.

Potential bushfire damage is increased on very high to extreme fire days, when the weather is very hot, dry and windy.

A total fire ban attempts to reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment.

Permits are suspended on days of total fire ban.

However, they may resume after the total fire ban is lifted, as long as the permit hasn't expired.

Meanwhile, all state forests from the north of Sydney to the Queensland border and the northern tablelands will be closed to the public on November 7, 8 and 9 due to the very high to extreme fire danger over the coming days.