The Australian wildfires, which dominated the news headlines for weeks during the southern hemisphere's summer of 2019-2020, are now effectively over, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. What's more, the drought that helped contribute to the devastating wildfires is also essentially over.
A few wildfires are still burning here and there, in the state of New South Wales specifically. But they've all been contained, thanks to heavy rains over the past several days. None of the fires are currently burning out of control, and the region's fire officials hope to fully extinguish them soon, said Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers.
"After what's been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents who have suffered through so much this season, all fires are now contained in [New South Wales], which is great news," he said.
It seems that the recent spate of heavy rains has also turned around the worst of the years-long drought that contributed to this season's deadly wildfires, allowing them to spread rapidly.
Warragamba Dam, near Sydney, is now at 73.9 percent of its capacity. Nearby Cordeaux Dam, which had reached a low-water level of 36.5 percent, is now back up to 70.4 percent. On average, all of New South Wales' dams are at or near 75 percent.