Deadly Bushfire Raging Since November Finally Contained
After two months of tireless battling, NSW firefighters have finally contained a deadly bushfire in Sydney's southwest overnight.
The Green Wattle Creek fire, in the Wollondilly area, has been burning out of control since it broke out in late November last year.
The blaze tore through properties in townships like Bargo and claimed the lives of two volunteer firefighters just before Christmas.
Overnight, firefighters made the most of cooler conditions and managed to create a 'black edge' perimeter, containing the fire.
A 'black edge' perimeter is a scorched earth perimeter which limits fuel loads surrounding the fire front and it contains no smoldering embers.
The fire has burnt more than 275,000 hectares and was fueled by hot and dry conditions -- its sheer size making containment efforts extremely difficult.
NSW RFS spokesperson Angela Burford has praised the efforts of firefighters, who she said have done an incredible job to contain the blaze.
"Wetter conditions and high humidity has assisted with containing the blaze and has allowed for back-burning," she said.
Buford said wetter conditions helped for the most part but cyclical rainfall over the New Year period had hampered some of the containment operations.
"The terrain in some of the areas are rugged and difficult to navigate, this is made worse by patchy rainfall," she said.
Emergency services are confident the perimeter will hold out over the weekend in the face of a forecast heatwave.
"We will be monitoring the fire closely and firefighters are out there today keeping watch," she told 10 daily on Thursday.