The Rural Fire Service is celebrating the official end of a very busy bushfire danger period here in the Hunter.
Since October, RFS crews in the Lower Hunter responded to more than 1,200 jobs.
The biggest inferno was the Lone Pine bushfire in Port Stephens in early November, which scorched more than 9,261 hectares lasting eight days.
Firefighters also battled several bushfires around Cessnock and Kurri Kurri - many of them deliberately lit.
The Cessnock/Kurri fires burnt through a total of 3,018 hectares of bush.
Permits won't be needed to light fires from April 1, however you'll still need to advise Lower Hunter RFS Fire Control and your neighbours 24 hours before burning.