This is a good news/bad news sort of story. The good news is that on the ‘Fires Near Me’ map from the RFS (that I’ve been posting during the fires since November) the major fire systems around Sydney are officially out.
Most of the blue, yellow and red squares have gone (apart from a couple of smaller fires). The huge Gosper’s Mountain fire system is officially out, as is the smaller but still big Green Wattle Creek fire. The bad news is all those white squares — they aren’t fires but call outs for the State Emergency Service and fire crews to deal with floods and fallen trees and landslides after several days of massive amounts of rain.
I know rain. I’ve lived in the north-west of England and I’ve lived in South-East Asia but this was RAIN RAIN. Great news for a very definitive end to the fires, at least around Sydney. The fires in the southern part of the state are still active, although not as fierce as they were.
It’s good news for some drought afflicted areas as well but intense rain has its own consequences. The extended drought has caused shifts in the soil and the sudden rain has led to major land slips and trees collapsing. Still, better than fire!