Australia: the “mega-fire” under control, the rain expected

Firefighters australians announced that they had managed on Monday to master the most important “mega-fire” of the country that was out of control for almost three months while rainy weather is expected.

The soldiers of the fire of the State of New South Wales explained that they had finally taken the upper hand in their battle against the huge blaze that burned out of control in the mountainous area of Gospers, in the north-western suburbs of Sydney.

Visiting Monday, in this region, the fire chief in the rural areas of New South Wales, Shane Fitzsimmons, said that”it had to finish with a small area,” but that “the prognosis of containment seems to be promising”.

In this national park, this “mega-fire” swept across year area three times larger than Greater London and generated other homes, bringing to 800,000 the total number of hectares destroyed, representing year area larger than Austria.

Whereas the inhabitants and the authorities continued Monday to cope with the scale of the disaster, the weather services have announced up to 50 millimetres of rain for the next week in some affected areas, a relief after months of prolonged drought.

If these forecasts are confirmed, it would represents all of our Christmas gifts, birthday, engagement, wedding anniversary and graduation rolled into one. Fingers crossed,” quipped Mr. Fitzsimmons.

Dozens of other fires have already been brought under control.

Alice Cooper, Queen

Related to a drought, particularly severe in Australia, these fires are exacerbated by the warming climate. They have created a huge surge of solidarity across the planet and the donations arrived to help the people and animals affected.

The australian flora and fauna, which are species unique in the world, have been severely affected. According to estimates, one billion animals were killed, without counting the multitude of trees and shrubs gone up in smoke.

The Environment minister, Sussan Ley, has warned that in some areas, koalas, should be classified under endangered species.

This weekend, Sydney will host a charity gala to the benefit of the services of fight against fire, the Red Cross and the wild animals.

Of headliners like the lead singer of hard american rock, Alice Cooper, the actress and british singer Olivia Newton-John and the rock group Queen are expected.

Political Impact

The political impact of the crisis is also more and more blatant.

A survey released Monday shows the fall in the rate of approval of the policy pursued by the Prime minister, Scott Morrison, severely criticized for its management of the crisis.

This survey Newspoll indicates that 59% of Australians are not satisfied with the head of the conservative government, while 37% say they are satisfied, a sudden reversal of opinion since his victory in the elections in the month of may.

Mr. Morrison is highly maligned, accusé in particular of not having made the proper responses to these roaring fires, which began in September.

He is notably accusé of being left on a vacation to Hawaii in December, to have committed a series of blunders, made false claims about the actions carried out by the government and have forced the victims to shake her hand.

Mr. Morrison had said at the start of these fires, which the local authorities had the means of managing, and volunteer firefighters exhausted “wanted to be there.”

He has also repeatedly stated that Australia was more than enough to achieve sti goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while reiterating sti support to the lucrative purpose highly polluting coal industry in australia.

On several occasions, the australian population has expressed stis anger at events of great magnitude.

In the Face of this challenge, Mr. Morrison has taken measures, deploying the army, calling military reservists, and promising billions of dollars in aid.

It has also increased the amount of the allowances paid to firefighters, and suggested that more things should be made in terms of CO2 emissions.