Finally Some Good News: The NSW Bushfires Are Officially Contained
"We can't have a bushfire relief fund going at the same time as a flood fund. Everyone around the world will think we're frauds. "
For the first time this bushfire season, all the bushfires that have cursed the state of New South Wales have been contained.
Firefighters are celebrating after “a very traumatic, exhausting and anxious bushfire season” that has seen fires burning uncontrolled for months.
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. #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/RhqmcYhJ1j
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 13, 2020
One fire, the Gospers Mountain blaze north-wet of Sydney, burned through more than 512,000 since late October before being extinguished by rain this week.
Another one near Port Macquarie had been burning since July 18 — 210 days — before being doused in a huge downpour.
There are still 24 fires burning across the southern part of the state, but for the first time this season they are all contained.
Congratulations and thanks to all the volunteers and emergency service workers who have been tirelessly saving lives, homes, community buildings, livestock and wildlife. You are amazing! We owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
— Amanda Wilson (@AmandaAtLarge) February 13, 2020
Heartfelt thanks for all the brave fireys and support to combat the possibly worst fires in record! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Donna Huntriss (@DonnaHuntriss) February 13, 2020
While the rain has given firefighters a reason to celebrate, in some areas it’s also led to a different kind of disaster.
Only in Australia 🙄 pic.twitter.com/zfcdgQXUEk
— Amanda Rose (@TheAmandaRose) February 9, 2020
In New South Wales more than 100,000 people were left without power after wild weather over the weekend.
Between 200 and 400mm of rain fell over Sydney, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains from 9am last Friday to 5pm last Sunday. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the east coast, and residents in some areas of north and south-west Sydney were evacuated.
Flood warnings were also in place across northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
— LJ Charleston (@LJCharleston) February 9, 2020
Guys this is going to be awkward if we all start flooding. We can't have a bushfire relief fund going at the same time as a flood fund. Everyone around the world will think we're frauds. #ClimateEmergency#NSWFloods
— ThisOldMan (@Heplayedfour) February 9, 2020
From #NSWfires to #NSWFloods… if you don’t believe that the #ClimateCrisis is a real thing, can we at least agree that what we are doing to our 🌍 is not ok? Sydney’s iconic Bay Run – litter as far as the eye can see after the storms. pic.twitter.com/alw4SVkXy3
— Jess_says_stuff (@jess_says_stuff) February 10, 2020
More rain is expected for much of the NSW coast over the weekend as Tropical Cyclone Uesi moves south, after batting Lord Howe Island this week.