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.
As people try to do what they can to help the situation, many volunteer firefighters are doing exhausting work battling the blaze. And one woman's Facebook post has really hit home how hard they're working.
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
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. According to CNN, so far, in New South Wales alone, more than 900 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.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...
Seventeen 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 Australian fire services have been stretched to their limits.Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them. Keep scrolling to see the heartbreaking pictures of the aftermath.
Australia has even 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 gave up their Christmas 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.
But even with assistance from overseas...
welcome to 2020. Australia is literally burning. 4,000 people have fled to Mallacoota beach as a bushfire bears dow… https://t.co/2H0VUuWWAp— Tom Warren (@Tom Warren)1577768890.0
People have been desperately fleeing to beaches for cover.
Australian Bushfires The surreal scene at Currarong in Jervis Bay with huge plumes from the northern flank of the… https://t.co/aB0ZUf6TYU— Liliane Breuning (@Liliane Breuning)1577965325.0
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 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.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit.
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.
Nearly half a billion animals have died.Ecologists from the University of Sydney have said that it's thought around 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
It's a heartbreaking statistic.
via: GettyBut, despite the devastating reality of what is happening to the country, not all hope is gone.
Many famous faces have now joined the fight.
I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledgin… https://t.co/uBcK7KoXY9— P!nk (@P!nk)1578120356.0
2 other A-listers have also donated to the bushfire fund.
via: Getty ImagesNicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have donated $500,000 to help fight the raging bushfires.
Kidman took to Instagram to share a message following her donation.
And as the fires rage on ...
via: Getty ImagesThe burden of keeping them under control has fallen to Australia's volunteer firefighters.
It's truly a thankless task.
via: Getty ImagesAnd one Facebook post by Jess O'Keeffe, from New South Wales, has really hit home how severe the situation is.
"Today I heard my Dad cry, he said, 'Jen I have never seen anything like this, it’s never-ending.'"
via: Getty Images"We still have over 50 days of summer left we aren’t even half way and there is currently no end in sight."
"Australia is on fire and there are brave people all over the country voluntarily fighting day in, day out to keep our lives and homes safe."
via: Getty Images"My family have been fighting these fires on our farm and our community nonstop for over a month. They are tired, they are sore, and they are running out of resources."
Here's the heartbreaking picture.
via: Facebook"This is a picture of my Dad getting five minutes sleep on our front lawn, while my brother keeps watch over the fire burning at the top of our farm, after he finished his 10th 12 hr+ day in a row fighting voluntarily in the community with the RFS NSW," read the caption. As the blazes rage on, Greta Thunberg has weighed in on the issue. Keep scrolling to see what she had to say ...