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On Thursday, 2 December, the fires had passed. A cool change and a little overnight rain greatly reduced the threat. The local Rural Fire Service personnel spent the day mopping up after the fires.
Helicopters were used to water bomb smoldering pockets of fire.
The Parkes Shire Council also began clearing fallen trees from the access road to the telescope and removing dangerous overhanging trees weakened by the fires.
The ashen landscape will take some time to fully recover.
The light, black ash left over from the fires was easily lifted by the winds to produce willy-willies (wind vortices) that produced interesting patterns in the soil.
Click here to see the report on the previous days fire outbreak at The DISH on 1 December 2004.
Click here to see the report on the first day of the fires on 30 November 2004.