Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Gospers Mountain fire contained
The Gospers Mountain fire, which has burnt through more than 512,000 hectares since igniting on October 26, has been contained.
The blaze burnt across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Central Coast areas and at one point was part of a ‘mega-blaze’ that threatened the areas.
The NSW Rural Fire Service Hawkesbury District confirmed on its Facebook page that the fire had been contained.
“Containment took longer than expected due to unfavourable weather conditions, however, due to our hardworking crews, we have achieved that today,” the post said.
Bushfire looters labelled ‘grubs’
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has branded bushfire looters “grubs” and warned they will “feel the full force of the law”.
There have been reports of looting in communities left devastated by bushfires.
Three people have been charged after an electrical store at Batemans Bay was broken into twice on Wednesday night.
“These looters are absolute grubs. We’ve put putting additional police into the fire zones to make sure we’re arresting as many of them as we can and they will feel the full force of the law,” Commissioner Fuller said.
Beer truck rolls
The M7 is closed northbound at Cecil Hills after a semitrailer loaded with beer crashed and rolled.
The crash, which took place before 2:30am early Monday, left the driver with a head injury requiring treatment at Liverpool Hospital.
Motorists are being diverted onto Cowpasture Road, while southbound lanes have a reduced speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour in place.
NSW Police said the motorway is expected to be closed northbound for some time.
Veggies dropped in for wallabies
Thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potatoes have been dropped out of helicopters to endangered brush-tailed rock-wallabies in fire-affected areas of NSW.
Environment Minister Matt Kean said the food drops were part of a major post-fire wildlife recovery effort being delivered across the state.
“The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the brush-tailed rock-wallaby,” Mr Kean said.
In the last week, almost 1,000 kilograms of sweet potatoes and carrots have been sent to six different colonies in the Capertee and Wolgan valleys; 1,000 kilograms across five sites in Yengo National Park; and almost 100 kilograms of food and water in the Kangaroo Valley.
Similar drops have also taken place in Jenolan, Oxley Wild Rivers and Curracubundi national parks.
Cloudy. Areas of smoke haze.