Australia bushfires: Shoalhaven blaze finally extinguished by rainfall and firefighting efforts

The news will come as a relief to Shoalhaven residents.
The news will come as a relief to Shoalhaven residents. Photo credit: NSW RFS/ Twitter.

After three months of burning and destruction, the Currowan Fire in Shoalhaven, New South Wales has been extinguished.

The fire which spanned from each end of Shoalhaven burned for 74 days, burned through nearly half a million hectares of land and destroyed 312 homes. It also damaged 173 properties, but NSW firefighters were able to save 1889 houses. 

On Saturday, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) revealed the news on Twitter.  According to 7News, the downpouring of rain helped put the fire out.

The news will come as a relief to Shoalhaven residents who have faced months of confusion as to when they could return to their homes. 

Although Australia is currently facing extreme rainfall which is expected to continue through Sunday, Australians are welcoming the wet conditions.

"Months without rain now we are inundated," posted a Twitter user. 

Others have been thanking the RFS for their heroic efforts. 

"Bloody heroes. From the guys at the front to the people co-ordinating, feeding and supporting the whole operation. But also to the partners and families of the volunteers......THANK YOU," said one person.

Another said, "It has slipped attention because this has been going on for so long. Two and half months of fire at Shoalhaven - can't imagine how the fireys are doing. They must be exhausted.

"Thank you to all NSW volunteers. Thank you all so much. I am sad that so much land, animals, humans have been displaced or injured or killed. NEW RFS have lost their own but remained professional throughout," said another.