Huge Mural of Koala Thanking Firefighters Unties Australia | 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 a beautiful mural that has united the whole country during the disaster.

Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.

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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.

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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 5,900 buildings have been destroyed.

NSW declared a state of emergency last month.

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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-nine people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...

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Including several volunteer firefighters.

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

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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.

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Several of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.

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.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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?

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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...

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And the volunteers have shown incredible bravery to leave behind their homes and tackle the fires head-on.

This week, American firefighters arrived at Sydney airport.

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This is the first time since 2010 that the U.S. has sent firefighters to help Australia tackle the blazes, Huffpost reports. Keep scrolling for the full clip.

There have been around 100 firefighters sent to Australia from the States.

The National Interagency Fire Center told the Los Angeles Times that “roughly 100 firefighters" had been sent throughout last month and early January, with “50 to 60 more planned to be dispatched" this week.

Last week, as firefighters from the U.S. arrived at Sydney airport, everyone had an amazing reaction to the team's arrival. 

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On Thursday, Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, shared the emotional clip on Twitter.

The firefighters were welcomed with applause and cheers.

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The clip makes for heartwarming viewing.

Watch the full clip below.

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

Alongside the stellar work being done by the firefighters ...

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Others are also doing what they can to help. And one tribute to the fire in Melbourne's famous Hosier Lane has really captured Australia's attention.

This is Andrew Gibbons.

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The graffiti artist is based in Melbourne, and has been badly affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis.

He helped to organize a fundraising event.

"We got together to paint and raise money for bush fire recovery here in Australia. The support was great and what cant be done alone, maybe we can get done together."

And his final product has gained tons of positive feedback.

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People are absolutely loving the mural and the message of hope it represents.

Here's the beautiful artwork.

"Shout out to all the people facing the blaze and caring for the lives affected most Rural Fire Services in this instance was meant generally and not pertaining specifically to NSW registered fires. The money raised is all being passed on to the WWF wildlife recovery fund."

And that's not the only bushfire-inspired graffiti.

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Although it's safe to say not all of it has been quite so heartwarming. Images of the bushfire truly depict the devastation wreaked. Keep scrolling for the most powerful photos from the crisis.