NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters continue to battle Meads Creek West blaze

VOLUNTEER firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), along with teams from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), are continuing to work on the Meads Creek West blaze, which is burning approximately 20km south-west of Merriwa.

It's also alight within the Goulburn River National Park, 12km north of Bylong.

Starting on Wednesday, November 27, as a result of lightning across the region, the fire is currently more than 6700 hectares in size following strong, gusty west/north-westerly winds on Sunday, December 1.

However, light rain fell across the fireground on Monday, December 2, which lessened the threat to properties.

Under forecast conditions, the Meads Creek West fire is likely to continue to burn uncontained in an easterly direction to towards rural properties in the vicinity of Tunbridge Road and Cullingral Road (including Duggan Road and Merriwa River Trail).

Residents will see firefighters, water-bombing aircraft and earthmoving machinery working in the area for the remainder of the week.

They may also notice an increase in smoke and fire activity throughout the day while back burning operations are conducted.

A Total Fire Ban remains in force across the Upper Hunter Shire on Tuesday, December 3.

Locals are urged to check and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan.

And, continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by phoning the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.