DRY, HOT, WINDY CONDITIONS SEES MUCH OF NORTHERN NSW PLACED UNDER A TOTAL FIRE BAN

The Rural Fire Services (RFS) has issued a total fire ban in the Greater Hunter, Mid North Coast, Far North Coast and North West regions.

Strong westerly winds are blowing dust across much of north eastern New South Wales, driving up fire danger.

These winds are forecast to strengthen across this afternoon.

On midday at Thursday, one fire near Walcha is listed as out-of-control.

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.

For all the latest information, stay across the NSW RFS website.

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Georgia Anderson graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Journalism before undertaking foreign correspondent training in the Czech Republic. Now based at NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked for several media organisations across New South Wales, covering a wide variety of issues.