Friday, 26 February, 2021


Wave of Joy In Australia As Rain Hits Bush fire

A firefighter in Australia hoses down trees to protect nearby homes from bush fires near the town of Nowra in the state of New South Wales Wave of Joy In Australia As Rain Hits Bush fire
Kristine Garrett | 11 February, 2020, 18:36

"The last time Sydney saw as much rainfall as we have had now.is in the middle of 2016", Golding said. Neighbouring Victoria state had 21 active fires, also at the lowest level.

Parts of New South Wales will get a staggering 400mm near the coast over the weekend, which will nearly certainly lead to some flooding - but will also put out fires and bring major relief to years-long-drought further inland.

Rain extinguished the Currowan Fire south of Sydney at the end of Saturday after it destroyed 312 homes and destroyed 500,000 acres (1.2 million acres) in 74 days, the state's Rural Fire Service in New South Wales said.

Meanwhile, heavy rain also drenched parts of Queensland.

The five fires that are still burning out of control are all in the Bega Valley and Snowy Valley area in the state's south.

Besieged volunteer firefighters who fought the flames day after day declared themselves "overjoyed" in the rain.

The commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons, said on Friday there had been a "dramatic shift" in the hot, dry and windy conditions that have driven the unprecedented fire season for months.

The main street of Byron Bay now resembles a river with flash flooding warnings in place all across the northern rivers region.

A firefighter coats a bridge with foam as a bushfire burns near Moruya New South Wales Australia
A firefighter coats a bridge with foam as a bushfire burns near Moruya New South Wales Australia

"This rain will continue in this area, but it will be more like showers".

Australia's central bank governor on Friday said the fires would likely trim 0.2 percentage points off GDP growth in the December and March quarters.

Firefighters are "over the moon" as the rain extinguishes blazes that have been burning for months. Heavy rain was also forecast in Victoria for coming days, although officials expect it to dampen, rather than extinguish, numerous fires.

"There are now hundreds of calls for assistance, including trees, boulders or power poles down onto cars and homes, and across roads, as well as power outages and localized flooding impacting various roads and traffic lights".

He said there were 200 flood rescue operations that were mainly caused by people driving in floods. The fires have left at least 33 dead and have destroyed more than 3,000 homes since breaking out in late 2019.

"It is uncommon to see rainfall rates as high as we have seen, up in the hundreds of millimetres occurring over consecutive days", she said.

The flood had the impact of calming the variety of lively fires in NSW by 20 in a single day, the successful price that NSW RFS stated it was "over the moon" about.

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