Rain snuffs out fires

HEAVY rain since the weekend across bushfire-affected communities in Gippsland's eastern fringe and into New South Wales has all but extinguished many blazes that have been burning for more than a month.

Since Sunday, east Gippsland was hit with the tail end of a weather system moving down the east coast, which has extinguished the Currowan Fire in Shoalhaven that burned for 74 days and destroyed 312 homes.

VicEmergency reports show that overall fire behaviour decreased as a result of rain over the fire ground, however unburnt areas within the fire ground are still expected to pose a risk.

In the 24 hours from 9am Monday, Orbost received 4.6mm, Mallacoota received 16.8mm and Bendoc 19.9mm.

Bendoc also received an additional 28mm on Tuesday between 2pm and 3pm.

Rain has continued to fall since Tuesday, and the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more wet weather for the next few days, with a chance of a thunderstorm this evening, and showers likely on Saturday and Sunday.

Assessments for recovery and rehabilitation work are underway and will continue.

Emergency services have warned that while many towns are now accessible via open roads, travellers should remain aware of surroundings if returning to or moving around east Gippsland. There continues to be a priority on roadside works, clearing hazardous trees in an effort to open roads and tracks within fire-affected areas.

Some power supplies are still affected, and telecommunications companies are working on restoration.

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