Residents can expect smoke over the weekend

UPDATE Sunday 4pm

Firefighters hope to have all three fires in the Dungog area contained by Tuesday.

On Sunday afternoon the Main Creek fire was contained, while the Chichester fire had almost been contained.

Crews were still working to gain the upper hand on the Chichester Dam fire, and hoped to have it controlled by the end of Tuesday.

Residents can expect to see a lot of smoke around Chichester Dam on Sunday and Monday as crews conduct back burn operations.

Earlier report

Firefighters are currently battling three fires in the Dungog area.

The Rural Fire Service has advised the Main Creek Fire  is now contained and will be patrolled from the air over the weekend.

At Chichester Dam, a fire is burning north of the dam area in steep remote country.

In Upper Chichester  a fire is burning in remote steep country in the  area south of Gold Diggers Gully.

Over the weekend, fire fighters will work on the fire ground and will be supported by air resources.

Smoke will be visible over the weekend from these fires.

The fire is being managed by the Incident Management Team located at the Lower Hunter Fire Control office at East Maitland.

This office will be open over the long weekend and can be reached on 4015 0000 between 0800 and 2000 hours.

Information in regards to fires in the area, fire danger ratings and total fire bans is available from 1800 NSWRFS (1800 679 737),  NSW Rural Fire Service website  and the Fires Near Me app.

A staging area will be established at Bendolba Rural Fire Brigade Station on Salisbury Rd, Salisbury.

There are currently no road closures.

There is a Park fire ban for the Barrington Tops National Park issued by NPWS.

Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted with conditions.

More information on this is available from National Parks.

There is also a solid fuel ban issued by Forestry Corporation for State Forests in the Barrington area including Chichester and Masseys Creek State Forests. 

This  Sunday October 1 sees the start of the Bush Fire Danger period. From this date, a fire permit is required for burning activities. Permits have currently been suspended due to predicted weather conditions.

Fire Permits are not required for fires for the purpose of cooking food, provided that:

  *    the fire is in a permanently constructed fireplace;

  *   at a site surrounded by ground that is cleared of all combustible materials for a distance of at least two metres all around;

  *  the fire is completely extinguished before leaving.