THOUSANDS of lightning strikes during Sunday night's thunderstorm have led new to fires igniting across the Cudgegong region.
A severe weather warning was issued for Mudgee and surrounding area late Sunday afternoon and the weather incident left firefighters scrambling.
During the storm, more than 10,000 lightning strikes were recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology within 50 kilometres of Mudgee, with 2300 of those making contact with the ground.
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews in the Cudgegong District said that that seven new fires had been reported by 10pm with the cause of all thought to be lightning strikes.
"This evening's storms have also kept local volunteers busy, with crews from Grattai, Piambong, Lue, Mullamuddy and Cooyal Brigades responding to seven incidents so far tonight as a result of a few hundred strikes across the Mid-Western Regional Council area," RFS crews posted to Facebook.
By 7.30am on Monday just two fires in the Mid Western Council area were listed on Fires Near Me, they included bushfires at Spring Flat Road, Mullamuddy and Hill End Road, Grattai.
Both fires are listed as under control.
Cudgegong RFS crews have urged residents and landholders to inspect their properties for any new fires that may have ignited.
If you discover a fire on your property or see one burning with no fire truck in attendance call triple-0.
Just 4.8 millimetres of rain was recorded overnight on Sunday by the Bureau of Meteorology at Mudgee Airport..
So far this month just 14.4mm of rain has been recorded which is way below the long-term average for November of 75.4mm.
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