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: RedditThis sense of hopelessness is just too sad.
49. Neighborly kindness
via: RedditRelying on one another can be necessary for survival.
48. Koala cuddles
via: Imgur"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."
via: Reddit"I'm so proud of my country, our volunteer firefighters are legends in their own category."
via: Facebook"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."
44. Red trees
via: FacebookThe skies have been in shades we've never seen before.
43. A cute accident
via: TwitterAnything to get some relief, hey?
42. A clever save
via: YouTubeThis woman literally used the shirt off her back to save this koala.
41. A quick nap
via: RedditGet some respite wherever you can.
40. A quick cuddle
via: RedditThese volunteers are true heroes.
38. A relieved embrace
via: TwitterThis is too adorable for words.
37. A glowing hill
via: FacebookSome of these pictures look almost fake.
36. Two skies in one
via: RedditThis truly depicts how devastating this pollution is.
35. A satellite view
via: TwitterThis is truly terrifying.
via: RedditThis image really hits home.
32. So tired
via: Imgur"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."
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: RedditTruly 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
via: Bored PandaWe can't imagine a scarier sight.
26. A moment of happiness
via: Bored PandaThat glow is eerily bright.
23. Dark clouds
via: ImgurThe 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."
via: RedditSurveying the ultimate destruction.
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: TwitterThis picture really depicts how exhausting the firefighting is.
16. Internal fires
via: RedditThere's something about a fire inside a window that's even more horrifying.
15. Pitching in
via: Bored PandaAn 11-year-old child steering a powerboat.
14. Column of smoke
via: Bored PandaThis looks like something from an apocalyptic movie.
via: FacebookThe city is almost completed encased in a layer of smoke.
12. No filter
via: RedditThe 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."
via: RedditIt'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
via: Imgur"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
via: Reddit"It looks like hell."
3. Fire in the sky
via: Bored PandaAn 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
via: TwitterThe 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.