All bushfires under control in eastern Australia after record rain
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All the blazes in Australia's hard-hit state of New South Wales have been brought under control, firefighters said on Thursday, signalling the end of a "black summer" that claimed 33 lives nationwide.
But heavy rains that helped extinguish the blazes that have raged along the east coast since September are causing flash floods in parts of the state, posing new problems for some residents.
“Not all fires are out, theres 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,” the states fire service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter.
“It is very good news,” a Rural Fire Service spokesman told AFP.
Bushfires scorched more than 10 million hectares in the countrys east and south, killing at least 33 people and an estimated one billion animals, while destroying more than 2,500 homes.
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The crisis cloaked major cities including Sydney in smoke for weeks on end, saw towns cut off and prompted the deployment of the military to rescue stranded citizens.
Beleaguered volunteer firefighters have fought the blazes day-in-day-out in what has been described as Australias “black summer”.
The fires were exacerbated by prolonged drought and worsened by climate change in the countrys hottest and driest year on record.
Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control.
In the Australian Capital Territory around Canberra firefighters are still trying to bring one blaze under control, but it was not said to be threatening.
Attention has now turned to tackling flash flooding expected in the coRead More – Source