Australia's New South Wales Free of Brushfires for First Time Since July
On Monday, fire officials announced that New South Wales is now free of flames after eight months of combating the disastrous bushfires. The news comes slightly more than two weeks after authorities announced that the blazes were “contained.”
“For the first time since early July 2019, there is currently no active bush or grass fires in #NSW,” wrote the NSW Rural Fire Service on Twitter. “That’s more than 240 days of fire activity for the state. #nswfires #nswrfs”
The fire service also rejoiced about incoming rainfall in parts of the country that need it most, tweeting that “smiles are slowly getting bigger” because of the relief in the form of precipitation.
On Feb. 13, it was announced that the region’s fires were contained, meaning crews had established perimeters around the flames to prevent further spreading. At the time, the NSW Rural Fire Service called the wildfire season “very traumatic, exhausting and anxious.”
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“It has taken a lot of work by firefighters, emergency services and communities to get to this point,” the NSW RFS wrote at the time.
In a video included in the tweet, Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner and executive director of operations at NSW RFS, said the area can now start to “rebuild” from the disaster.
“After what’s been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents, who’ve suffered through so much this season, all fires are now contained in New South Wales, which is great news,” he said at the time, “… we can really focus on helping people rebuild.”