Australian Fires: Out of Control


To this day, Australia continues to suffer from global warming. Bushfires continuously have been happening throughout the continent. Cities have been burned, leaving people with no homes. When will it ever stop?

Global warming is the main cause of the Australian fires. 18.6 million hectares have been burned and so have 1 billion animals have been killed to this day. The cost of the bushfires has been estimated to $2 billion and could climb even further. he fires started June 2019 and they continue to burn throughout Australia. 

The fires started in various ways: some by drought, hot temperatures, and strong winds. They created ideal conditions for flames to spread, human actions, including arson. However, it’s the climate conditions that provide ample fuel for the fire to grow and spread. Before the fires ignited, Australia was already enduring its hottest and driest year on record. Although heavy rain and lower temperatures that occurred this month have helped put out some fires, the threat of the blaze coming back is still imminent. 

A tweet from traffic police said, “The fire is moving fast and there are multiple road closures in the area. Please avoid the area. Local roadblocks in place.” This is the worst fire season on record.

Fires have claimed at least 31 lives and destroyed thousands of homes. 

The most-affected state, New South Wales, which includes Sydney, Australia’s largest city, is having its worst fire season in 20 years. A spokeswoman for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service called the scale of the fires “unprecedented” so early in the season.The fires ignited amid a record-breaking heat wave. “The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles,” the US Environmental Protection Agency explains. “These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. 

The fire clouds have lifted smoke to unusual heights in the atmosphere. The CALIPSO satellite observed smoke soaring between 15 to 19 kilometers (9 to 12 miles) on January 6, 2020—high enough to reach the stratosphere. After a major disaster, studies find a 5 percent to 15 percent increase in the incidence of mental health problems among survivors. Scientists fear long-term damage to many sensitive ecosystems.

During the day, the skies turn a dark, “omaq`inous red” or a “deep red‘ in Mallacoota, a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. About 4,000 residents fled to the sea as the flames advanced on December 30, 2019.

Thousands were working extended shifts to battle relentless blazes, raising questions about whether the country could continue to rely on an unpaid force.

On New Year’s Eve, as firestorms swept through, they were proved wrong. “I’ve run out of tears,” one resident said.

Crews will be responsible for on-the-ground fire suppression and filling fire management roles, according to the Department of the Interior Director of the Office of Wild land Fire Jeff Rupert.

You can even see the fires from a satellite view. The smoke goes miles into the atmosphere creating long term problems.

You can help solve this crisis by donating to Australian Red Cross. Another way you can help support is by supporting local or Australian fire fighting services. You can donate to Koala awareness and wildlife causes. 

You can simply just spread awareness by telling people about the fires and informing people who might want to help or donate to the cause. Moreover you can open your home to someone who might have lost their homes in the fires. Their are so many more ways you can help. Try to help in any ways you can. 

Australia has the biggest fires in the world currently. Tons of animals have been killed and many houses have been lost. When will the Australian bushfires stop?