Jason Smith / weenjoy.net
The devastating fires that have been affecting the southern regions of Australia since September seem to have counted hours.
Firefighters from New South Wales said they managed to put down one of the biggest fires in the mountainous Gospers area, north-west of the Sydney suburbs. In this area, the flames had been burning uncontrollably for three months, during which about 8 thousand km2 of land was destroyed.
In addition, intense and heavy rains are expected in the country which should put an end to the nightmare that Australians have been experiencing for months.
Australian firefighters, exhausted after months of hard work, keep their fingers crossed and await together with the citizens the "water bomb" announced by the Bureau of Meteorology of New South Wales.
“If the rainfall forecasts materialize, we will have all the Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation gifts gathered in one. Fingers crossed, ”wrote the NSW Rural Fire Service on Twitter
The beautiful news, which we hope will be confirmed, comes after about four months of fires that caused the death of at least 27 people, as well as wiping out more than 2,000 homes.
The flames have traversed the wooded areas of Southern Australia, escaping the control of the firefighters, due to the particularly dry climate and strong winds.
In recent months, devastating fires have burned around eight million hectares of land, mainly eucalyptus and savannah forests, and resulted in the death of at least one billion wild, domestic and farm animals.
Normally in this period in the Sidney area there are on average 102 mm of rainfall, while today there have been rains for just over 6 mm.
The emergency has not yet returned, as there are still about a hundred active fires, of which 40 are not yet contained.
From today, however, and for the next few days, the arrival of the cyclone Claudia is expected, which will bring heavy rains to the western regions of Australia and which will hopefully extend to the south of the country. If so, the firefighters would receive enormous help in taming the devastating fires that are still active.
So let's keep our fingers crossed for Australia and for all Australians.