All NSW bushfires considered contained
2020-02-13 at 17:50
All of the bushfires in New South Wales are now considered contained.
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.
But the severe storms led to flash flooding in Queensland where a 75-year-old man is reported to have died.
Record rainfall caused chaos in Sydney, and the weather woes are set to continue, with further storms expected along the east coast over the next few days.
Flood warnings have been issued for NSW and for southern Queensland.
While there was still some fire activity in the south of the state, emergency workers could now “really focus on helping people reboot”.
Australia has always had a fire season, with naturally occurring blazes sparked during the dry summer season, but this year’s season has been unprecedented in the scale and intensity of the fires.
Across the country, fires have killed at least 33 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the past few months.
More than 11 million hectares of land – an area comparable to the size of England – has been affected across all states and territories.