Australian Wildfires : A Quick Overview

Australia is currently being exposed to wildfires that are devastating to the country. The fires began in September of 2019 and have continued into the new year. They are experiencing record high temperatures and have been suffering through a drought as their fire season has begun. Most times, the cause for this is the environment, such as dry lightning; other times, the cause is human error. The bushfires have destroyed more than 3,000 homes and continue to wreak havoc across Australia. Over 15 million acres of forests and parks have been burned, 28 people have reportedly died, around half a billion animals have been killed in the fires, and many species risk extinction. These wildfires are not just one big fire strung together, but they are a series of small fires that have spread across Australia. There are about 100 active fires ongoing in parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria are most affected by the fires, but people who aren’t directly affected are getting exposed to the pollutants in the air even as far as 60 miles away. The struggle to contain the fires continues, but people are hopeful as meteorologists predict heavy rain showers in the near future. Sarah Scully says that “hopefully some of this heavy rainfall will fall over fire sites and help control or even extinguish fires”. In this way, the firefighters who are fighting so hard to control the fires will have a useful ally that will assist in the containment of the fire. People around the globe are donating to the wildfire relief efforts, and every little bit counts. Over 2,000 firefighters from across the globe have arrived to combat the fires in Australia while Australia has provided volunteer firefighters that will receive $4,200 if they work over ten days. The wildfires have taken a hot grasp on Australia, but we hope the fires will end soon as human relief and weather are playing their part in containing this natural disaster.