Australia is in the midst of one of the worst bushfire crises the world has seen. Since September, entire communities have been engulfed by relentless heat and fires.
The flames are showing no signs of slowing down - which means only one thing... death tolls are rising.
The country as a whole has been working tirelessly, but they desperately need help.
Keep scrolling to see the reactions of the Australian fire crews when the Canadian team arrives to help...
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
via: Getty ImagesDue to soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in years, the relentless fires have been burning since September. We're currently in January. Just let that sink in.
New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.
via: Getty ImagesThere have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. More than 2,200 houses have been destroyed.
NSW declared a state of emergency last month.
via: Getty ImagesWhat does this mean? Well, it grants "extraordinary powers" to the NSWRFS commissioner, including the authority to allocate government resources and direct government agencies in taking action, according to CNN.
Twenty-eight people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...
via: Getty ImagesLast month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the "hazardous" level, CNN reports.
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.
And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.
And that's not all...It's feared that animals that managed to survive the flames will need huge amounts of humanitarian assistance to get populations anywhere near back to what they used to be.
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse, and the statistic that was released this week was heartbreaking.
Over one billion animals have died.CBS News reports that it's thought now over one billion mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
The Australian fire services have also been struggling...Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them, and the fire services are truly stretched to their limits.
Australia has ultimately been forced to make a global call for help...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it was Canada that was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and they even gave up their Christmases to help fight the raging fires.
Other countries offered their assistance...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
Volunteers have been stepping forward all around the country...
via: CBCOrdinary people with regular professions have been volunteering to help tackle the flames and they have been working for free.
How long could the fires actually be burning for?
via: Getty ImagesSadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks. In fact, temperatures usually reach their highest during January and February, so there may be no end in sight for months.
The assistance from global fire services has been very much appreciated...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the volunteers have shown incredible bravery to leave behind their homes and tackle the fires head-on.
The Canadian presence in Australia is still strong...
via: Getty ImagesAnd Canada has continuously sent help since the country made the desperate call for help.
Another team of Canadian firefighters and wildfire specialists arrived in Sydney this week.
via: Getty ImagesThey all endured a sixteen-hour flight and it's safe to say that they were feeling pretty exhausted.
But when the plane arrived at Sydney Airport...
via: CBCThe firefighters were greeted by cheers from locals.
The fire specialists from Canada have never seen anything like this before...
via: Getty Images"It's something we really have to wrap our heads around," says Alberta's Morgan Kehr, the senior representative of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre "We have seen extreme fire behavior in Canada. But not over the geographic area we are dealing with here. Or with the frequency."
Australia needs all the help it can get...
via: Getty ImagesAnd let's just hope that all of the hard work and efforts of these amazing volunteers will eventually start to pay off.