Catastrophic fire danger is forecast for the Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday 12 November 2019, due to worsening weather conditions. Large areas will see Severe and Extreme fire danger. There is a statewide total fire ban.

Advice from both NSW’s Fire Commissioners: “Your house is not built to withstand a bushfire when impacted during catastrophic weather conditions. The safest place for you, your friends and your families is away from any bush in the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter regions on Tuesday 12 November.” 

Closed Reserves

Blackbutt Reserve will be closed as well as Mount Sugarloaf and the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area, Fernleigh Track and Green Point Foreshore Reserve, Valentine. All Landcare sites are also closed. 

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has expanded the closures of national parks and reserves, including tracks, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas across the Hunter from Monday 11 November 2019 until further notice. Parks will only reopen when considered safe. More info:

School Closures

Schools in identified high risk areas will be closed on Tuesday 12 November.

Current school closures:

Awaba Public School
Black Hill Public School
Bonnells Bay Public School
Cardiff High School
Cessnock East Public School
Dudley Public School
Fassifern Public School
Medowie Christian School 
Kurri Kurri High School
Merewether Heights Public School
Morisset Public School
Mount Hutton Public School
Nords Wharf Public School
Pelaw Main Public School
Whitebridge High School
Wirreanda Public School

The following Catholic schools will be closed on Tuesday 12 November.

Holy Spirit Abermain
Rosary Park Branxton
St Paul’s Booragul
St Joseph’s Charlestown
St Aloysius Chisholm
St Bede’s Chisholm
St Joseph’s Dungog
Holy Cross Glendale
St James Kotara South
St Joseph’s Kilaben Bay
St Brigid’s Raymond Terrace
St Mary’s Warners Bay
St Pius X Windale

**The University of Newcastle will close its Callaghan campus**

To check if your school is on the list, visit or 
keep in contact with their school via your school’s website, Facebook page and SkoolBag app for up-to-the-minute information.

Fire authorities have advised that there are significant resources committed to fires and they are limited. If you are threatened by fire, you may not get help.

What can you do?

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area:

Make your bush fire survival plan at

Check the fire danger for your area

Not sure what the fire danger ratings mean?…/fire-danger-ratings

Install the Emergency+ App to best describe your location if you need to call 000.

For more information, visit

Fire & Rescue NSW

Rural Fire Service

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