Visiting the area yesterday, New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said there was a "small area of burning still to complete" but the "containment prognosis looks promising".
"This fire took a big flight about seven or eight days ago, and now that the weather changes, the weather drops, the fire has dropped", he said. "The fire behaviour has changed".
Other workers repeated McLean's comments, saying that cooler temperatures and mild winds had finally given them a chance to make progress.
An aerial view of a bushfire in Ellerslie, New South Wales, Australia December 30, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video.
"A bit creamy and nutty, but they're fine", said Stain. "They are not spew-worthy, so they are pretty good".More news: A Fat Tongue May Be Blocking Your Airways While You Sleep
"After lightning started the fire on October 26, it has burnt through more than 512,000 hectares across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Cudgegong, Blue Mountains, and Central Coast local government areas", the Hawkesbury RFS said on Facebook.
The men and women came to Australia this week to assist with firefighting efforts in Victoria, where bushfires continue to burn out-of-control.
The 60-year-old married father of two children was recognized in November for his 40-year job with the forest authority. Australia has seen a steady rise in average temperatures over the years with drier summers. "Working on the fireplace in a forest environment is a dynamic, high-risk environment and carries a significant risk".
The tragedy brings the death toll to at least 27 in a crisis that has destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched a larger area since September than the USA state of Indiana. Four of the victims were firefighters.
Morrison said on Sunday he would take a proposal to the Cabinet to hold a Royal Commission national inquiry into the bushfires, including examining the response to the crisis, the role and powers of the federal government and the impact of climate change. Thousands of protesters rallied Friday in Sydney and Melbourne, calling for Morrison to be fired and for Australia to take tougher action on global warming. Another junior lawmaker, Craig Kelly, has also publicly denied any link between climate change and fire crisis.More news: Harry and Meghan to begin ‘new life’ after ‘transition period’, says Queen
As of Sunday, there were 111 fires burning across the state, according to the RSF. "You'll find that in all the government's policy statements".
In a televised interview with ABC, he rejected criticism that his government did not do enough at the start of the bushfire season - but added that some responses could have been better.
The fires have also devastated the country's wildlife, killing more than 1 billion animals.
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