Koperberg calls end to bushfire crisis

Australia:  Koperberg calls end to bushfire crisis 

16 January 2002

Source and Copyright: The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW bushfire crisis was over, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Phil Koperberg said today. Overnight storms along the south coast and around Sydney helped douse many of the state’s remaining fires, effectively bringing an end to the bushfire crisis that began over Christmas. “After one of the most protracted bushfire fighting campaigns in our state’s history, it is clear that theweather has finally turned in our favour,” Mr Koperberg said in a statement. But he said there was still a lot of mopping up work to be done. “While the crisis point is now passed, the work goes on for our volunteer firefighters who will continueto monitor over 3,200km of fire perimeter to ensure there are no break-outs or re-ignitions of the fires.” The fire crisis was described as the worst in the nation’s history, with up to 100 blazes raging across the state at its peak and about 170 homes destroyed. No deaths were recorded but the insurance bill was tipped to soar beyond $70 million. 


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