All of the bushfires in New South Wales (NSW) are now considered contained, say fire officials in the Australian state.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said it was “great news” after “a very traumatic, exhausting and anxious” time.
The development is thanks in part to heavy rain, which has lashed the state since last weekend.
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
Record rainfall caused chaos in Sydney, and the weather woes are set to continue, with a category two storm forecast to roll in this weekend.
Flood warnings have been issued for NSW and for southern Queensland as Storm Uesi approaches, bringing winds of up to 130km/h.
It is the first time in the fire season that containment – meaning firefighters managing to build a perimeter around the fire, so it cannot spread further – has been achieved.
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