‘Traumatic and exhausting’: relief for tired firefighters as ALL forest fires in New South Wales are included for the first time during the infernal summer
- For the first time there are no open fires in NSW season
- National fire brigade announced that 30 fires were extinguished as a result of heavy rainfall
- Downpour last weekend saw parts of the state record more than 300 mm in 48 hours
All forest and grass fires that burn on NSW are included for the first time this bushfire season, the authorities say.
The NSW Rural Fire Service on Thursday afternoon announced the news and described the season as traumatic and tiring.
On Thursday evening, 24 fires burn in NSW. All are south of Sydney.
Heavy rain last weekend saw parts of the state record more than 300 mm along the coast within 48 hours.
The low rain showers on the east coast, which caused widespread flash floods and storm damage, turned out to burn 30 during the weekend, the RFS revealed earlier this week.
Finally relief: for the first time this season there are no open fires in NSW for the first time, said RFS on Thursday
In the devastating bushfire season, 2,400 homes were destroyed and 25 lives lost. In Mallacoota, Victoria, 4,000 people were evacuated on New Year’s Eve when a disastrous fire threatened the area
The Lindfield Road fire – which had burned through the Port Macquarie region for 210 days – was extinguished on Wednesday after burning 858 hectares of which 400 underground peat soils.
The Currowan fire in the Shoalhaven region was extinguished on Saturday evening after 74 days of fires and 312 houses destroyed.
Fires in the Snowy Valley and Monaro areas remained unguarded for Thursday afternoon.
A car is seen on Sunday under the water in Marrickville in Sydney after the huge downpours in the weekend
“All fires are closed, so we can really focus on rebuilding people,” said RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers on Thursday.
More than 11,000 forest and grass fires on NSW were burned this year with more than 5.4 million hectares.
About 2,400 houses have been destroyed and 25 lives have been lost.
People are being evacuated from Mallacoota, Victoria state on a landing craft to MV Sycamore, during the assistance to bushfire.