FOLLOWING a Herculean endeavour by firefighters, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) revoked the major incident declaration for a number of blazes in the region on Tuesday evening.
Fifty-three days of operations across the Mid-Western Regional, Lithgow City, Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire local government areas (LGAs), which saw more than 187,900 hectares of bushland burnt, concluded at 6pm on January 21.
That also included bushfires near Baerami, Widden, Martindale and Bureen.
"It's been a super human effort on so many fronts," a spokesperson for the NSW RFS - Cudgegong District said.
"Moving everything to this point was only possible after significant undertakings of volunteers from the NSW RFS and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) - matched by the skill and professionalism of our partner agencies (FRNSW, NSW SES, VRA, Australian Defence Force, council, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police), local businesses, water-bombing aircraft and earth-moving machinery operators.
"They all played pivotal roles.
"And, of course, a little bit of assistance from Mother Nature.
"On behalf of the Incident Management Team based in Mudgee, a huge thank you also needs to be extended to those firefighters who travelled from right across NSW, Australia, the United States and Canada.
"Your efforts over the past few weeks certainly haven't gone unnoticed - and were extremely appreciated by the local communities.
"It would be remiss not to mention our families, friends and employees for their support, too.
"Rest assured, firefighters from both agencies, supported by water-bombing aircraft and earth-moving machinery, will continue to operate throughout a number of fire grounds - in particular Kerry Ridge - extinguishing hotspots to prevent any further re-ignitions.
"Landholders and residents may see smoke coming from fire-affected areas as moisture from recent rainfall evaporates and areas of unburnt bush well behind containment lines burns out."