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.
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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.