Finally, Australia seems to be getting a break—kind of. Heavy rainfall in New South Wales has extinguished some of the ongoing bush fires that have wreaked havoc across the state—but it’s also forced the evacuation of towns and the closure of schools. Oh, Australia! Land of excess.
Over the past 24 hours, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said that New South Wales had received 7.9 inches of rain. Sydney received 15.4 inches of rain over the past four days, which is the city’s heaviest rainfall in 30 years.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted that the rain is the “most positive news we’ve had in some time.”
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It was heavily impacted by the fires, but recovery is beginning in #OxleyWildRiversNationalPark. NPWS rangers undertaking assessments continue to see positive signs of resilience and regrowth. Most of the park remains closed to visitors as its wildlife and plants continue their recovery efforts, however Apsley Falls, Dangars Falls, Gara Gorge and the Blue Hole picnic area and walk are open. #NSWParks 📷 @johnyjspencer
“The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday,” they said. “Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months.”
This is the most positive news we've had in some time.
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 10, 2020
According to New South Wales Rural Fire Service media officer James Morris, the rain helped put out the Currowan fire on Saturday. He said the continuing rain was expected to put out the rest of the fires in the state.
Only in Australia 🙄 pic.twitter.com/zfcdgQXUEk
— Amanda Rose (@TheAmandaRose) February 9, 2020
It’s great news that Mother Nature is helping put out the fires—we just hope Australia doesn’t turn into a flood zone.