Bush fires have been rampaging through Australia for the last 2 months and they have caused complete and utter devastation.

Koala bears are nearly functionally extinct, and thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed.

The heat hasn't cooled down, at all, and it is that high that the country has run out of colors to use on the heat map.

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Bushfires are a harsh reality of living in Australia...

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As beautiful of a country that Australia is, it certainly isn't very safe in terms of mother nature.

The final few months of the year are always Australia's hottest...

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Every year without fail, Australia experiences scorching temperatures over the festive season, with highs of 48 degrees celsius being reached around the country.

But these high temperatures certainly aren't something to be celebrated...

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The heat that Australia faces becomes unbearable, with many being unable to even sit on the beach and sunbathe due to the extreme heat burning their skin.

And in extreme cases...

Wild bush fires occur, which sadly, happens most year in Australia.

The people of Australia are no strangers to bush fires...

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Bush fires are slow-moving and, according to the Australian government, they have an extremely high heat output, meaning that they can pass in 2-5 minutes, but they smolder for days on end.

They are now an intrinsic part of Australia's environment.

But despite natural ecosystems have evolved with fire, hundreds of thousands of Australia's wildlife are affected by the flames every year.

New South Wales has been suffering immensely.

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This state of Australia has truly taken a beating by bush fires, and it has been battling the heat for the last 2 months.

The last few months have had a devastating impact...

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The BBC reported that close to fifty bush fires continued to burn in populated coastal and inland regions to the city's north. Authorities also said that 468 homes have so far been destroyed since blazes flared up on the 8th of November.

6 people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they ignited...

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These include Vivian Chaplain, sixty-nine, Julie Fletcher, sixty-three, Barry Parsons, fifty-eight, and George Nole, whose age is unknown. 2 others were then confirmed to have died from the conditions, with the most recent being the burnt body of a fifty-eight-year-old man found in Willawarrin, November 13th.

As the forests and rural areas continued to burn...

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Many forget that these are the homes to Australia's wildlife, and so many animals perish to the flames and smoke every year.

Australia's native animals are at a huge risk.

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It has been estimated that around 2,000 koala bears have died, with an approximate 75% of the fireground footprint said to have encroached on prime koala habitat.

The authorities and volunteers work tirelessly every year to help as many animals as possible...

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And because of these efforts, a lot of dehydrated and scared animals are saved from the relentless bush fires.

One selfless woman along with an adorable koala named Lewis became an internet sensation when a video went viral...

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Toni Doherty, a local to the New South Wales state, fearlessly ran into a bush fire at the aid of the helpless koala bear.

The heartbreaking footage showed the helpless koala wandering around on the road near the burning forest.

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He was clearly very confused as to what is going on around him, and his vulnerability was very apparent.

Toni rushed to the koala's side...

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She took off her t-shirt and used it to wrap up the frightened animal. She then rushes off to give the koala plenty of water.

The poor koala was rushed to a special koala hospital...

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Toni proceeded to take the scorched koala, to the nearby Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, a specialist facility currently treating a number of injured koalas.

But in Lewis' case...

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His burns were continuing to get worse each day.

Sadly, the decision was made to have him put down.

The hospital announced the devastating news on Facebook this week.
"Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep.
"We placed him under general anesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages."

Tragically, there was no way his burns would heal.

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"We recently posted that 'burns injuries can get worse before they get better'. In Ellenborough Lewis's case, the burns did get worse, and unfortunately would not have gotten better."

This is just one example of the devastating effects of Australia's heat crisis...

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And the bush fires are still burning as we speak.

And to make matters worse...

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The country experienced it's hottest ever day this week, with an average temperature of 41.9C (105F) and highs of 50C in some areas.

The soaring temperatures have not helped with the consistently burning fires...

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This has caused Australia to officially declare a 7-day state of emergency in New South Wales.

It isn't looking like it is going to cool down any time soon...

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Meteorologist Diana Eadie said to Metro, "This hot air mass is so extensive, the preliminary figures show that yesterday was the hottest day on record in Australia, beating out the previous record from 2013 and this heat will only intensify."

Australia composed a heat map to demonstrate the heat crisis...

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But, as you can see from the map, they are actually running out of significant colors to demonstrate the soaring temperatures.

A health warning has also been issued...

The heat-wave conditions and smoke from the fires are expected to have a "large impact on people's health." We can only hope that the temperatures will eventually dwindle and that people will do their best to stay safe in these devastating conditions.