Containment Key as Rain Brings Australian Firefighters Some Reprieve

Firefighters around NSW are enjoying a “psychological and emotional” reprieve from dangerous conditions before the return of warmer weather, with at least 1588 NSW homes destroyed this fire season.

More than 670 of those homes have been confirmed lost since January 1, the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted on Tuesday.

At least 153 facilities and 3,122 outbuildings have been destroyed and a further 653 homes damaged during the fire season, with these figures likely to rise.

Meanwhile, bushfire containment remains a priority for firefighters as scattered showers continue falling on NSW fire grounds.

At 4am there are 130 fires still burning across NSW.

Even with the current conditions, including rain in some locations late yesterday, there are around 2,000 firefighters out working hard to protect properties and contain these fires this morning.#NSWRFS #NSWFires

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 6, 2020

More than 13mm fell at Merimbula on Monday and 9.8mm at Bega in the states south.

“Its not widespread amazing falls, but there is some falling from the sky,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse told AAP.

Yet 130 fires continue to burn across NSW, with up to 50 uncontained and more than 2600 firefighters working in the field on Tuesday.

RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said firefighters would continue to work on containment and back-burning before elevated fire danger returns on Friday.

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A military helicopter flies above a burning woodchip mill in Eden, in Australias New South Wales state on Jan, 6, 2020. (SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Fridays weather is not likely to be as severe as last Saturday, when huge swathes of bush and hundreds of homes were razed on the south coast.

“While we want to bring a lot of the fires under control, what were still focusing on primarily is shoring up protection to limit the potential for fire fronts to continue to impact more communities,” Fitzsimmons told ABC TV.

“Theres a combination of suppression and mopping up and patrolling.

“It was nice to see a cyclone forming up the top end of Western Australia which is hopefully a signal that we may see monsoon activity which will disrupt the dominant hot air mass continuing to influence so much of the weather.”

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