All NSW Bushfires have officially been contained

Friday, February 14, 2020 9:51 am
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The NSW Rural Fire Service has just delivered the news we’ve been waiting six months to hear. For the first time this season, all NSW bushfires have officially been contained.

“In what has been a very traumatic, exhausting and anxious bush fire season so far, for the first time this season all bush and grass fires in NSW are now contained. It has taken a lot of work by firefighters, emergency services and communities to get to this point.”

a NSW firefighters celebrates the rain
The heavy rain that opened up over the east coast helped extinguish some of the blazes.

Giving the firies the upper hand in fighting the 24 fires that were still raging through the state. The Central Coast saw between 200 – 400 ml of rain in just one weekend! It was a welcome sight for all those praying for some relief, not only from the bushfires but from the drought affecting our farmers.

“The scale of these bushfires is unprecedented. NSW is experiencing the most devastating natural disaster in living memory,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “The bushfire season has left a huge scar on NSW.”

In a heartbreaking season, the bushfires tore through 5 million hectares of land, destroyed 2,400 homes and killed 25 people. But thanks to the overwhelming, impressive, dedicated, tireless efforts of the firefighters, over 11,000 properties and countless lives were saved.

David Elliot, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Service, is calling for this day to be officially known as “hug a firefighter day” – an absolutely golden idea we think.

 

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