Members of the Lake Cathie Rural Fire Brigade are rejoicing after a sinister underground fire situated near residential properties became a wet plain over the weekend.
Last week, the underground fire situated near Tallong Drive at Lake Cathie, could have ignited at any time.
Lake Cathie Rural Fire Brigade captain Chris Brown and deputy captain Bruce Small have been monitoring the area, since it initially flared up in October, 2019.
On Wednesday, January 15 Mr Brown and Mr Small used a special device to measure the underground temperature, which was found to be upwards of 500 degrees.
The terrain where the underground fire was located was very dry and vegetation was turning into coal.
It's an area which traditionally was covered in water, due to its close proximity to the lake.
"Unfortunately all the moisture is gone," Mr Small said on Wednesday.
Due to the nature of the dry vegetation, Mr Small and Mr Brown said the underground fire could flare up into a blaze easily, under the right weather conditions.
However, five days on (Monday, January 20) and Mr Brown said the location has turned into water over the weekend.
He said the rain would have taken the pressure off firefighters for a number of fire zones across the state.
NSW RFS district officer Stuart Robb said the rainfall has been beneficial, with 30 to 60mm received across the district from over the weekend.
Across the region, Mr Robb said there are still nine fires, which crews continue to patrol.
At Lindfield Park, 54mm of rainfall impacted the fire ground over the weekend, which Mr Robb will help manage the peat fire. The rehydration process is continuing at the location.
Mr Robb said the weather pattern is starting to get back to normal for the month of January, with more rainfall expected to fall this week.
However, he is warning people not to get complacent, as there is still a month and a half left of the bushfire danger period.
For more information on how to prepare for bushfires, or for the latest information on fires in the region, please visit https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
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