The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued a total fire ban and a severe fire danger rating in the Greater Hunter for Thursday.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Newcastle residents can expect windy conditions and a top of 30 degrees.
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.
Permits may resume after the total fire ban is lifted, as long as the permit hasn't expired.
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