Illawarra Newsroom

Currowan bushfire now under control

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After burning for 57 days, claiming human and animal life, destroying hundreds of homes and damaging hundreds of others, the Rural Fire Service has confirmed that the Currowan bushfire is now under control.

The blaze has burnt through more than 313,000 hectares since being started by a lightning strike on November 26 last year.

It continues to burn at advice level.

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The recent rain has helped but a very high fire danger is in place for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven today with temps nudging 30 and winds around 35km/h.

State Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward said crews have done an amazing job across the massive fireground.

"This fire has been one of the worst in the state and it's a real testament to the hard work and dedication of Emergency Services but particularly the RFS that have been fighting this fire for a very very long time.

"The favourable conditions have helped but keep in mind that were still only part way through summer, there's a little way to go yet," Ward said.

Images: RFS Shoalhaven and RFS NSW