Australian wildlife destroyed due to deadly bushfires


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Lilah Craig , Staff Writer

The country of Australia has been in a state of panic for weeks as deadly bushfires continue to damage the environment and leave thousands homeless. The dry, hot summer weather of Australia increases the likelihood of a fire starting and spreading, making this fire season one of the country’s worst that it has seen.

 Over 500 million animals have died, thousands have been found with infections from the thick smoke, at least 29 people have been killed, and more than 16 million acres have burned. The fires are predominantly in New South Wales, a state on the east coast of Australia. It is presumed that the fires started on Gospers Mountain back in October of 2019 due to lighting striking dry trees. Major cities on the east coast such as Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and Mallacoota are enveloped in the heavy smoke. 

After months of fire, the end of last week gave the entire country hope. The majority of the east coast had torrential downpours, even leading to floods in some places. The rain did not extinguish all of the fire,s but the amount of active fires have decreased immensely. The rain helped stop the spread of fires and took a load off of firefighters all across the continent. 

The fires, however, are still expected to worsen throughout the rest of this week. Australia will most likely see an increase in severe fires throughout the dry regions of New South Wales. Fire season will continue for Australia all the way through February. 

Many organizations are working to raise money to help reduce the amount of damage and save animals and people from danger. Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth, along with multiple other celebrities, are bringing light to the severity of the fires and have donated both their time and money to help preserve Australia’s land and people. 

If you would like to donate to Australia, you can use any of the following links along with any other trusted organization that is not listed: