I had been looking for this shot for days. It was from before Christmas (and the worst was yet to come). Its from the Gospers Mountain fire, which was/is w/sw of Sydney. There was a video taken at the same time, but I can no longer find that, either. It was terrifying, the trees literally exploded in flame.
There's been a little rain in the last 24 hours. It has dampened some of the fires, but the fire chiefs are saying its probably more harm than good, because they can't backburn where they need to, to contain further outbreaks. We didn't get much here at all, it was more like mist, than rain.
Now, its rain. Lots of rain in some areas, washing ash and debris from fires into rivers... up north, there has already been a huge fish kill because of it, with the river turning to sludge. There are some concerns because the fires are not completely out (trees can continue burning on the inside for days and weeks after) but roads and areas where the firefighters are still working, are starting to get slippery and dangerous. And of course theres a danger from falling trees as the ground under those which have been burnt, becomes soft enough. Just crazy.
Had a little rain here, but not enough to mitigate the dry.