When record-breaking downpour will end
The heavy rain has been "breaking the back" of the state's horror bushfire season while also sparking high winds, "life-threatening" flooding and landslips as the state faces its most torrential downpour since 1998.
Despite raining falling overnight and much of today the wild weather shows no signs of slowing - with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting heavy rain along the NSW coast for most of next week.
In Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong regions there is a very high likelihood of rain until Thursday, with conditions then to ease to just a 50 per cent chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday.
Thankfully, the stormy conditions are expected to ease after tonight, with just the possibility of a thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon and evening.
In inland regions including the Riverina heavy rain is predicted to continue to fall tomorrow but will ease to just medium showers by Tuesday. There will only be a slight chance of rain for most of central NSW by Thursday.
Wet conditions will also continue for southeastern Queensland, with Brisbane tipped for high levels of rainfall until conditions ease next Saturday.
This weekend some areas across NSW recorded more than 300mm of rainfall within 48 hours, with Bureau of Meteorology acting NSW state manager Jane Golding warning the situation would only intensify.
On Saturday night, RFS confirmed that the massive Currowan Fire has been extinguished after burning for more than 70 days.
"As of 8pm tonight, the Currowan Fire burning in the Shoalhaven has been set to out," NSW Rural Fire Service announced on Facebook on Saturday night.
The blaze burnt for 74 days and across 499,621 hectares, spanning right across the region and spreading to neighbouring councils including Eurobodalla, Wingecarribee and Queanbeyan Palerang.
A total of 312 homes were destroyed and 173 were damaged
As of 8pm tonight, the Currowan Fire burning in the Shoalhaven has been set to out. The fire burned for 74 days, burnt out 499,621 hectares and spans from each end of the Shoalhaven. 312 homes were destroyed and 173 damaged. 1,889 homes saved by firefighters. #NSWRFS #nswfires pic.twitter.com/0IDLGK2p62— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 8, 2020
But with it still comes risk.
"The fire damaged areas will bring extra risks as the heavy water and floods move through (with) more likelihood of fallen trees and more run-off," SES commissioner Carlene York said.
AAP reports there are still currently 38 fires burning across NSW.
Nevertheless, locals on the NSW south coast are applauding the efforts of emergency services following the news.
"Tremendous work by firefighters and residents saw 1889 homes saved," the RFS said.
Locals expressed their thanks to those involved in battling the blaze. Almost a dozen fire trucks took a lap of honour at the Nowra Showground on Saturday night.
"Crews from (NSW RFS) and (Fire and Rescue NSW) were asked to close off the 2020 Nowra Show last night. Thank you to everyone who came out," the station brigade posted on Facebook.
Footage posted to the Shoalhaven RFS Facebook page shows crews tooting their horns and blaring their siren to applause from the crowd.
"Officially extinguished!," Shoalhaven City Council posted on its Facebook page on Saturday night.
"We want to thank all emergency services and for their hard work and putting their lives on the line to help our community."
It comes as Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were expected to farewell Canadian and American firefighters who helped battle the NSW bushfires.
A farewell event was planned on Sunday morning at the Novotel Sydney Airport. Three United States airmen were killed in a firefighting plane crash in southern NSW last month.
Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Clyde Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr died when their waterbombing tanker crashed northeast of Cooma on January 23.
A memorial service was held for the men at the Richmond RAAF base on January 30 before their bodies were flown home.
A moving & most fitting farewell for our 3rd Coulsons fire fighting aviator this morning at Richmond RAAF with the transfer of Rick DeMorgan onto the US C1-17 aircraft for the journey home. Rick’s colleagues, Ian & Paul went home with family on Wednesday. Thank you all #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/VjhPtEaAYU— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) February 8, 2020
A total of 39 fires are still burning across NSW on Sunday.
"Good rainfall is being recorded in parts of the state, with a hope it continues to drop where needed most," the RFS posted on Twitter on Friday.
NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says the rain is "breaking the back" of the horror bushfire season.
"The rain is good for business and farms as well as being really good for quenching some of these fires we've been dealing with for many, many months," the commissioner told ABC TV on Friday.
"We don't want to see lots of widespread damage and disruption from flooding, but it is certainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather."