Skip to comments.'Much-Needed' Rain Extinguishes a Third of Australia Fires in a Day
Posted on 02/11/2020 2:40:19 AM PST by Windflier
The fire ravaged state of New South Wales in Australia received much-needed torrential downpours that doused active fires, reducing the total number by a third, as The Guardian reported. The number of active fires dropped from more than 60 to 42 in just one day.
Authorities in New South Wales warned of flash flooding on Australia's east coast and in Sydney. However, they were happy to welcome the rain, which was the most recorded in over a year, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, as the BBC reported.
"It was fantastic to wake up to much-needed rain this morning!" Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore wrote in a tweet.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons expressed optimism that the rains will continue to help put out the fires in the coming days. Seventeen of the remaining 42 fires are not contained, as the AP reported.
"The rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months," said Fitzsimmons, as the AP reported.
Troubles all over the Earth have been catching up to my family!
Uncle in Australia.
Niece in Cayman (earthquake).
Brother in New Zealand (volcano).
Hope we don’t get any hurricanes here in the low country!!!!
11 Feb: JoanneNova: 400mm of water dropped from Gods Water Bomber and puts out Australian fires
Fires are part of nature.
Rain is part of nature.
Prior to the 20th century, human kind didn’t fight forest
fires... They ran away from them and that was the smart thing to do... And it likely saved lots of money and lots of lives.
The cost of fighting fires is massive... Spend that on replacing damaged homes and property and let the fires do what they eventually always do... Extinguish themselves.
Not to mention that regular fires burn up all the excess fuel on the forest floor while usually never getting hot enough to actually damage the living trees.
When you suppress fires (Natures cleaning service) you end up with massive amounts of fuel on the ground and fires hot enough to ignite the living trees.
All these “old growth” forests have burned bunches of times since the old growth trees first sprouted. The difference now is we’ve let so much fuel accumulate that any fire is devestating
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