Welcome rain to continue
The welcome rain has provided temporary relief for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers who have been fighting several fires on the Dorrigo Plateau. NPWS area manager for Dorrigo, David Hitchcock, said the fires, which have destroyed 1500 hectares of bush, were no longer active. The recent downpours have also helped dampen fires burning around the Coffs Coast area, with 5.8mm of rain received at 3am yesterday followed by a further 1mm at just before 9am, 7.4mm before noon and 1mm between 3pm and 5pm. August has been a partially dry month with the total rainfall 25mm below average. The wet weather, cool winds and low temperatures are expected to continue until late in the week giving the RFS and NPWS a short breather.