Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner and executive director of operations at NSW RFS, said they can now focus on helping people rebuild.
After burning uncontrollably for months and ravaging almost everything in its way, the New South Wales' devastating bushfires has finally been contained. Thanking members of the community, firefighters, and emergency crews for their outstanding support and hard work during one of the worst bushfire seasons that had destroyed most of the country's ecosystem, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news. It read: 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.
The tweet was posted along with a video where Deputy commissioner and executive director of operations at NSW RFS, Rob Rogers, could be seen explaining that the containment didn't mean all the blazes were extinguished. "After what’s been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents, who’ve suffered through so much this season, all fires are now contained in New South Wales, which is great news," he said adding, "Not all fires are out — there’s still some fire activity in the far south of the state — but all fires are contained, so we can really focus on helping people rebuild."
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.— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 13, 2020
It has taken a lot of work by firefighters, emergency services and communities to get to this point. #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/RhqmcYhJ1j
Firefighters managed to build a perimeter around the fire to stop it from spreading any further and it is the first time in the fire season that this containment was accomplished, reports BBC News. Although the country is used to the wildfire season that naturally occurs annually, this year's season has been unprecedented in terms of the intensity of the fires. The devastating fire has claimed the lives of at least 33 people and has scorched about 27 million acres of land across Australia to the ground, which is the size of England, according to the outlet.
The containment was made possible due to the torrential rains which helped put out most of the flames, however, it did flood a lot of areas. Following the record-breaking outpour of rain over the weekend, the NSW RFS officials wrote: This is the most positive news we've had in some time. The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday. Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months.
Having claimed the lives of over 1 billion animals, the Australian bushfire is expected to impact the environment severely even after it is put out completely. Just last month, NASA revealed how the smoke emerging from the fires has had a "dramatic impact on New Zealand, causing severe air quality issues," adding that it has already "traveled halfway around Earth" and reached South America. After observing the strength and rate at which the fire had been burning and the amount of contamination that has already entered the atmosphere, scientists at NASA believe that the smoke could make "at least one full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia."