More than 20 million acres burn across Australia
An estimated 1 billion animals have perished in historic bushfires across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. As record heat hits the continent, 20 million acres, or just over 31,000 square miles, have burned according to CBS News. For comparison, the US Forest Service estimates that 259,823 acres burned in Calif. during the 2019 wildfire season.
At least 25 people have died in the fires, with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that 3,000 reserve troops from the Australian armed forces have been called into action. The international community has dedicated additional resources and expertise to aid Australia in fighting these historic blazes.
Numerous local and international organizations are working hard to bring aid and relief to Australia, as the bushfires have shown no sign of slowing down. Direct Relief, an international non-profit, has helped communities affected by wildfires in the Western U.S., and is mobilizing resources in Australia. In response to the widespread decimation of animal populations, the World Wildlife Fund is dedicating resources to care for koalas and other endemic species hit by the fire. Click below to support their work.
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