THE Gospers Mountain bushfire that burned from the Blue Mountains to the Hunter's doorstep has been classified as contained, the NSW Rural Fire Service has confirmed.
The blaze consumed more than 500,000 hectares since it sparked in Wollemi National Park on October 26.
The containment comes after milder conditions eased the burden on the firefighters who had been working to contain the huge fire for months.
"Containment took longer than expected due to unfavourable weather conditions, however due to our hardworking crews, we have achieved that today," the RFS said on Sunday evening.
"It is important to remember not to be complacent as there are still a few months of the bush fire season to go with some bushland that still has not been burnt."
Before Christmas, the fire had already been classified the largest single ignition point forest fire in the nation's history.
Hunter Valley crews had worked for weeks to bring the blaze under control, sometimes in horror conditions.
Their efforts will continue as they work to extinguish the blaze and ensure it remains contained.
On Monday morning no Hunter fires were classified above the advice level.
Maximum temperatures are expected to linger in the mid to high 20s for Newcastle this week, with showers and storms likely from Thursday to Sunday.
Similar conditions, albeit with higher temperatures, are forecast inland for Maitland and the upper Hunter.