The NSW Rural Fire Service has won enormous respect from the Australian public during the frightening bushfire season.
As the fires and drought worsened, we've all been praying for rain.
The rain finally came and, in some areas of NSW, it was torrential. Concerns changed from fire to flood.
Another volunteer agency, the State Emergency Service, was called in.
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons captured the transition perfectly last Friday with this tweet: "With significant focus shifting from fires to floods, the NSW RFS State Operations Centre has now been reconfigured to operate as the NSW SES Sydney Zone Operations Centre in support of statewide flood operations".
While the rain brought pain in some areas of the state, it also brought hope that the drought could soon break and fires would be put out.
On Monday, the RFS tweeted a picture of a volunteer firefighter rejoicing in the rain.
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"This is the most positive news we've had in some time," he said."The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday. Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months."
Then on Tuesday, the RFS tweeted that rain had significantly reduced fire activity across NSW.
"It is a welcome relief for communities and firefighters alike."
Not long after came even more good news from the RFS - the Lindfield Park Road Fire, which had been burning in the Port Macquarie region for 210 days, was declared out.
Months of fighting out-of-control bushfires in this region came to an end with the Gospers Mountain and Kerry Ridge bushfires listed as 'out'. A lightning strike ignited the Gospers Mountain blaze on October 27 and since then firefighters from across Australia and the world have been tasked to putting it out.
By the time it was finally contained on January 12 it had burnt through 512,626 hectares, destroyed homes and had a perimeter of 1380 kilometres.
The potential for more wet weather means a number of other fires are likely to be put out over coming days, the RFS said.
While the fires are no longer front page news, the first thing we see when we turn on the computer, radio or television ... or at the forefront of many people's minds, fire crews continue to work across the firegrounds. The fight isn't over just yet.