Pictures That Sum up Just How Devastating the Australian Bushfires Really Are | 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 internet has shared some of the most devastating images of what's going on - and it makes for absolutely heartbreaking viewing.

50. Watching the world burn

via: Reddit

This sense of hopelessness is just too sad.

49. Neighborly kindness

via: Reddit

Relying on one another can be necessary for survival.

48. Koala cuddles

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"Since the fire has passed through Mallacoota this amazing, selfless young guy has been out searching for injured wildlife. This is one of 7 koalas he's saved so far."

47. Innovation

via: Reddit

"I'm so proud of my country, our volunteer firefighters are legends in their own category."

46. Exhaustion

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"This is a picture of my Dad getting 5 mins 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."

45. An unlikely hero

This cute border collie has been doing the most to protect her flock.

44. Red trees

via: Facebook

The skies have been in shades we've never seen before.

43. A cute accident

via: Twitter

Anything to get some relief, hey?

42. A clever save

via: YouTube

This woman literally used the shirt off her back to save this koala.

41. A quick nap

via: Reddit

Get some respite wherever you can.

40. A quick cuddle

via: Reddit

These volunteers are true heroes.

39. A surreal shot

It's hard to believe that this is real life.

38. A relieved embrace

via: Twitter

This is too adorable for words.

37. A glowing hill

via: Facebook

Some of these pictures look almost fake.

36. Two skies in one

via: Reddit

This truly depicts how devastating this pollution is.

35. A satellite view

via: Twitter

This is truly terrifying.

34. Evacuees

via: Reddit

This image really hits home.

33. A rescue

It's tragic to think about his friends who weren't so lucky.

32. So tired

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"After logging 776 hours of firefighting in the last ten weeks. No end in sight. New fires keep starting. Another four months of the fire season. Trucks literally being worked to death 24/7. Equipment breakages. Crew injuries. Fresh untrained crew needing guidance. Logistic nightmares. Missed meals. Etc. I finally have 48 hours where I'm not permitted on a fireground. It's bliss. My body isn't coping with the comedown though. Headache, nausea, shakes."

31. Perspective

via: Reddit

"I’m in Melbourne, which is hundreds of km’s away from the fire zone. But there is a fine ash covering everything, my car is filthy and it’s pointless to clean it as it will just get covered immediately. The sky is permanently full of smoke, but it’s high up where I am so you can’t smell it much, but it blocks off most of the blue light so everything has a reddish tinge to it."

30. A graph

via: Reddit

Truly terrifying statistics.

29. Red tones

via: Reddit

"No filters. Australia is red from wildfires."

28. A fierce blaze

via: Reddit

"Hell opens up in Australia. Thoughts go out to our brave firefighters."

27. A room with a view

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We can't imagine a scarier sight.

26. A moment of happiness

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"Firefighters literally dance in joy as rain falls over raging bush fires that have burned across Australia for weeks."

25. Preparation

The fight seems neverending.

24. Satellite

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That glow is eerily bright.

23. Dark clouds

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The sheer amount of soot in the air is staggering.

22. Red everywhere

via: Reddit

"Do you see this? This is our world. 4000 people are currently sheltering from the devastating fires in Australia on a beach."

21. A hero

via: Reddit

"My uncle at the end of a 13 hour shift volunteering with NSW RFS."

20. Kookaburra

via: Reddit

Surveying the ultimate destruction.

19. Before and after

This one is truly heartwrenching.

18. A lack of relief

via: Reddit

"My son is 1 month old, he's never breathed fresh air in his life."

17. Fighting until the end

via: Twitter

This picture really depicts how exhausting the firefighting is.

16. Internal fires

via: Reddit

There's something about a fire inside a window that's even more horrifying.

15. Pitching in

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An 11-year-old child steering a powerboat.

14. Column of smoke

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This looks like something from an apocalyptic movie.

13. Melbourne

via: Facebook

The city is almost completed encased in a layer of smoke.

12. No filter

via: Reddit

The amount of pollution in the air is totally blocking out any blue light, giving this scary effect.

11. Losing everything

via: Reddit

"Over 1000 people forced onto a beach by out of control fires. They are surrounded with no escape except to swim."

10. Firetruck

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It's incredible that people continue to fight in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

9. New Zealand

via: Reddit

"The fires from Australia are so massive that our skies in New Zealand have turned yellow (1,600 miles away)."

8. Crazy clouds

via: Reddit

"This is a pyrocumulus cloud produced by smoke from the Australian bushfires. It’s 12km high. It produces its own thunderstorms, fire tornadoes and 100km/h winds."

7. The consequences

via: Twitter

"Paracombe 34, Langley Rd Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek bushfire, South Australia."

6. Scary data

via: Reddit

"Area of land burnt in Australia compared to the size of Ireland."

5. Happy New Year

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"Australia is one of the first countries to ring in 2020, here is what we are waking up to on the last day of this decade. Happy New Year."

4. Burning coast

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"It looks like hell."

3. Fire in the sky

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An eery backdrop behind a relatively ordinary scene.

2. Fighting on

via: Facebook

"Yesterday was one crazy day. I helped defend friends' property from the fire at Nth Durras."

1. Nowhere to go

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The beach remains the last place to go for some. Want to learn more about these bushfires? Scroll on for the story of one hero amidst the tragedy.