Australian Frontline Fire Crews Cheer as Canadian Team Arrives to Help Tackle Bushfires | 22 Words

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 Images

Due 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 Images

There 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 Images

What 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 Images

Including several volunteer firefighters.

And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...

via: Getty Images

Last 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 Images

Several 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.

The country is totally unprepared for the devastation caused to its wildlife. Science for Wildlife executive director Dr Kellie Leigh told the New South Wales upper house inquiry: "We're getting a lot of lessons out of this and it's just showing how unprepared we are.
"There's no procedures or protocols in place - even wildlife carers don't have protocols for when they can go in after fire."

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 Images

And 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 Images

And 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 Images

Including 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: CBC

Ordinary 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 Images

Sadly, 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 Images

And 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 Images

And 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 Images

They 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: CBC

The 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 Images

And let's just hope that all of the hard work and efforts of these amazing volunteers will eventually start to pay off.