Officials hope that the rains will continue over the next few days and help put out more fires, thus giving firefighters the break they deserve.
After months of disturbing news about the bushfires in Australia decimating forests, properties, as well as animal and human lives, there comes some much-needed respite. Torrential rains over New South Wales, that bore the brunt of the fire, and parts of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has resulted in one-third of the fires being extinguished. And we are talking about rains in just a single day, and officials hope that the rains will continue over the next few days and help put out more fires, thus giving firefighters the break they deserve. According to Good News Network, the rains have led to at least 20 of the active fires to be extinguished with 42 fires still remaining.
Australia fires: Heavy downbursts extinguish blazes https://t.co/lUQh0kNWR4— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 7, 2020
The rains have ensured that the region saw the largest single-day drop in active wildfires since the fire season began. Authorities, however, say there is still a lot to be done. While the downpour has resulted in flooding, the NSW Rural Fire Service says they are "over the moon" to see the rainfall helping them in their fight against the raging bushfires. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, at least 62 active fires were still raging around NSW and the ACT as on Wednesday evening, before the rains.
It was fantastic to wake up to much-needed rain this morning!— Clover Moore (@CloverMoore) February 7, 2020
Today has already been the wettest Sydney day in 15 months, and thankfully it’s raining across NSW where we need it most. https://t.co/FsBxow8Zuv
As many as 1,200 firefighters have been working tirelessly fighting the fires across the state, and have "achieved a lot of progress" as on Thursday. Of the 21 fire areas, just two have a rating above "low-moderate" as on Friday. According to Angela Burford, the NSW Rural Fire Service spokeswoman, while the spot showers from a few weeks ago helped, it is nothing like the recent "significant, constant rainfall." She added, "In terms of rainfall, it has been positive from Sydney northwards. We're hoping to see some of that in the south, which would be of great assistance. Several fires are still burning in the northern parts of the state, which was hit with heavy rain on Thursday."
Heavy rainfall offers relief to bushfire ravaged NSW - but firefighters warn there's still a high chance of blazes returning because of hot weather https://t.co/wwMmKl95RF— Lynne Corboy (@lynnecor) February 3, 2020
She added, "We got significant rainfall up north, as we speak it's still very heavy near the coast which is obviously very favorable for us." The rainfall made sure that Sydney received the highest rainfall in 15 months. According to The Guardian, it was only back in November 2018 that the city received over 100 millimeters of rain in a single day.