Australia has been burning for months on end now, and there has been very little hope in sight for it's exhausted residents.
But now, the remarkable news has come in that the state of New South Wales is finally fire-free.
Keep scrolling to read more about this incredible news...
Since September last year, Australia has been on fire.
via: GettyA combination of record-breaking high temperatures and a prolonged drought resulted in the outbreak of several bushfires across Australia's east coast.
Last year, the country experienced its driest spring on record.
via: GettySo, when their annual bushfire season arrived in October, things were quick to spiral out of control.
At a formidable pace...
via: GettyBushfires began sparking all over the country, with fire crews struggling to contain the flames.
And, thanks to the country's prolonged drought...
via: GettyThe land had become even more flammable than it already was, which only enabled the flames to spread at terrifying speeds.
Thousands of firefighters have been bravely tackling the flames...
via: GettyBut much of their efforts were to no avail, as the fires continued to rampage across the country.
Australia was forced to seek international help...
via: GettyAnd countries such as Canada, New Zealand, and the United States sent in their own firefighters in a bid to help tackle the blazes.
But, heartbreakingly, many of Australia's brave firefighters lost their lives in the fight for their country.
via: GettyAt least thirty-three people have died as a result of the bushfires, including 9 volunteer firefighters. Sadly, even more people remain missing.
Around 3,000 homes have been destroyed...
via: GettyAnd roughly 2.5 million acres of land have been burned - That's nearly the same size as South Korea, just to put things into perspective.
The flames stretched for thousands of miles.
This the view from the top of the Tasman Glacier NZ today - whole South island experiencing bushfire clouds. We can… https://t.co/YOZiUZ5asn— Miss Roho (@Miss Roho)1577876676.0
The plumes of smoke could even be seen from space.
A Landsat image taken Jan. 1 shows thick smoke from wildfires blanketing southeastern Australia, compared with the… https://t.co/ch2yEqa2Xh— NASA (@NASA)1578080701.0
It has been a terrifying time.
via: GettyAnd the wildlife has perhaps suffered the worst. Several of Australia’s native species have been impacted by the fires, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.
Over a billion animals are estimated to have died.
via: GettyIn January, Chris Dickman, an ecology expert from the University of Sydney, predicted that "nationally", more than 1 billion different animals had died as a result of the fires and destroyed habitats.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit...
via: GettyWith around 25,000 of the marsupials having perished in the flames.
Thousands more are injured...
via: GettyAnd are currently being nursed back to health by volunteers. However, their caregivers are concerned about their survival rates, considering that a staggering proportion of their natural habitats have been destroyed.
Eighty percent of the koala's habitat has been completely burnt out...
via: GettyLeaving the marsupials without a home or any natural supply of food.
All in all, it's a pretty bleak situation.
via: GettySo, in January, Australians rejoiced when they finally had a little bit of rainfall.
Things have been steadily improving since then...
If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement,… https://t.co/7RbzDzKufq— NSW RFS (@NSW RFS)1578871523.0
The state of New South Wales has finally been declared as fire-free.
via: GettyAfter months and months of devastating blazes, New South Wales has finally been given the break it deserves.
The eastern state was the worst affected in the bushfire crisis.
via: GettyIn New South Wales alone, more than five million hectares of land were burnt, destroying more than 2,000 houses, according to the BBC.
So this news is completely incredible.
For the first time since early July 2019, there is currently no active bush or grass fires in #NSW. That’s more tha… https://t.co/pieDwDIIIO— NSW RFS (@NSW RFS)1583129453.0
And the good news doesn't stop there...
This time the rain should fall where they need it most. The forecast from @BOM_NSW over the next 8 days has possibl… https://t.co/HvxxnqhL78— NSW RFS (@NSW RFS)1583190897.0
Is this a new glimmer of hope for Australia?
via: GettyLet's hope that this news is only the beginning of a new chapter for the devastated country. While on the topic of good news, let's just discuss how great Australia's animals are. Keep scrolling to read more about koalas, and to hear the heartwarming story of a koala joey and his mother after enduring life-saving surgery...