Smoke in the Gloucester valley

The haze over Gloucester valley on Thursday morning, February 15 from the Mograni Lookout. Photo Anne Keen

The haze over Gloucester valley on Thursday morning, February 15 from the Mograni Lookout. Photo Anne Keen

Gloucester valley was covered in a smokey haze on Thursday (February 15) following a day of extreme heat.

Temperatures climbed to 43 degrees in Gloucester on Wednesday (February 14) according to a Facebook post on the Gloucester Advocate page by Kim Maurer.

The predicted extreme heat sparked the NSW Rural Fire Service to declare a total fire ban for part of the State, including the Upper Hunter which covers part of the Barrington National Park.

As of 9:30am on Thursday morning (February 15), the NSW RFS Fires Near Me website shows the following fires in the region being monitored by National Parks and Wildlife Services:

  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, 76 hectares listed as being controlled 
  • Limeburners Creek, 72 hectares listed as under control

NSW RFS is urging members of the community to ensure they have a fire plan in place. 

The NSW RFS recommends people living in bush fire prone areas:

  • Make or review their bush fire survival plan – decide now what to do if a fire starts close by
  • Check the local fire danger – look out for the roadside signs and know the fire danger rating
  • Stay up to date on fires in the local area – proactively check the NSW RFS website or the Fires Near Me app on days of heightened danger.

Anyone who sees an unattended fire should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.