For The First Time This Season Every NSW Bushfire Is Now Contained
The good news is continuing to roll in from the NSW Rural Fire Service, with confirmation that all fires still burning in the state have now been contained.
Assistant Commissioner Rob Rogers made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, saying it was the first time this fire season that all fires had come under control.
"After what has been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents who have suffered through so much this season, all fires are now contained in NSW," Rogers said.
"Not all fires are out, there is still some fire activity in the far south of the state, but all fires are contained so we can really focus on helping people rebuild."
The good news comes days after confirmation the torrential rain, which drenched most of the state over the weekend, had helped to put out most of the bushfires.
More than 30 fires, some of which had been burning for weeks and even months, were extinguished over the weekend, including the Gospers Mountain blaze which formed part of a 'mega-blaze' north-west of Sydney that had been burning since late October.
The fires that were extinguished on the weekend were the:
- Gospers Mountain (Hawkesbury)
- Myall Creek Road (Richmond Valley)
- Erskine Creek (Blue Mountains)
- Kerry Ridge (Green Wattle Creek)
- Green Wattle Creek (Morton)
- Morton (Wingecarribee)
- Currowan (Shoalhaven)
"Despite the fact [the rain] has caused damage, it has provided us with a significant amount of relief and the RFS is hopeful by the end of the week the last of those fires will be extinguished," Emergency Services Minister David Elliot told reporters on Monday.
"This having been a very traumatic time for those that have been affected by the rains and flood, the silver lining is that we might see the end to this six-month firefighting campaign."
On Thursday afternoon the RFS said there were still 24 fires burning across the state, but all had been contained.
The current fire season has been the worst in history, with more than 2400 homes lost, 1000 damaged and tragically a number of lives lost.
The RFS said fires across the state had burnt through more than 5.4 million hectares of land, with 24 million litres of retardant used by Large Air Tankers to assist thousands of firefighters on the ground.