NSW RFS lists Gospers Mountain, Kerry Ridge bushfires as out

EXTINGUISHED: Following months of firefighting the massive Gospers Mountain and Kerry Ridge bushfires have been finally listed as 'out'. Photo: CUDGEGONG RFS
EXTINGUISHED: Following months of firefighting the massive Gospers Mountain and Kerry Ridge bushfires have been finally listed as 'out'. Photo: CUDGEGONG RFS

MONTHS of fighting out-of-control bushfires in the region have come to an end with the Gospers Mountain and Kerry Ridge bushfires listed as 'out'.

A lightning strike ignited the Gospers Mountain blaze on October 27 and since then firefighters from across Australia and the world have been tasked to putting it out.

By the time it was finally contained on January 12 it had burnt through 512,626 hectares, destroyed homes and had a perimeter of 1380 kilometres - the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide.

The Kerry Ridge bushfire burnt for 79 days and tore through 191,000ha of national park, state forest and private property across three local government areas, but on Monday it was also listed as out.

"Starting as a result of lightning and merging with the Gospers Mountain and Oakey Creek fires during this time, reaching 'out' status signifies the end of a substantial firefighting efforts," Cudgegong NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said.

RFS firefighters fought alongside the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and other partner emergency services during these bushfire emergencies, as well as heavy plant operators and water-bombing aircraft.

"With a number of weeks still left to run in the current bushfire danger period, residents and landholders are encourage not to become complacent following recent rains," Cudgegong RFS said.

"While wet today [Monday], the threat of bushfire still remains ever present with a number of areas still yet to receive any significant rainfalls."

Residents in the region are urged to take advantage of the calmer conditions to review their Bushfire Survival Plan and ensure your property is prepared as it can be.

Stay up-to-date with fires in your area with the NSW RFS at Fires Near Me.

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