RELIEVED: Superintendent Stuart Watts.
RELIEVED: Superintendent Stuart Watts.

Rain greens up region

LAST week's parched conditions have given way to green paddocks, replenished dams and water tanks in the Clarence Valley.

Firefighters have welcomed the rain, which has totalled almost 90mm in Grafton since Sunday.

NSW RFS district manager Superintendent Stuart Watts said it had provided a great opportunity to contain all fires, including one at Sportsmans Creek which had covered 12,442ha over the past few weeks.

"Compared to this time last week, there's been dramatic reduction in the drought index," he said.

"Firefighters and volunteers are having a rest, restocking equipment, repairing vehicles, ready for whatever nature throws at us next; fire or flood or out of area commitment for other areas not as fortunate to receive rain."

But he warned while conditions had eased for now, good follow-up rain was still needed.

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