Australia Forest Fires

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Australia Forest Fires

Ethan Ganoza, Journalist

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The Australian bush fires are no joke. The fires in Australia have been burning for months, taking nearly 28 million acres of land, causing thousands to evacuate, and killing potentially millions of animals. There’s only small signs of the fire slowing down but there is some hope in that both Canada and the USA have sent firefighters to help the cause. So far, the fires have been the cause of the deaths of at least 25 people and almost half a billion animals in Australia. Insurance losses in Australia are estimated at $485 million this bush fire season, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. More than 2,500 buildings and 1,800 homes have been destroyed by the fires. Residents of the coastal town of Mallacoota, were stranded on a beach for days until there was a call for a military evacuation. Authorities have warned that the huge fires, spurred by high temperatures, wind and a three-year drought, will continue until there is a considerable amount of rainfall. The weather agency said that there is no sign of that for months. On Kangaroo Island, Fires have overrun nearly half of the 1,700-square-mile island, and rescuers have been going tree to tree, trying to save whatever they can. More than 100 American firefighters are now helping battle the bush fires in Australia. The massive blazes have burned about 16 times the amount of land destroyed during California’s worst fire season in 2018. Nearly 28 million acres have burned across Australia, covering an area almost the size of Louisiana. Several charities and local and international identities have pledged enormous amounts of money towards assisting Australia’s bush fire relief efforts. More than $100 million has been raised through the combined efforts of charities, local fundraising pages, huge corporations and a growing group of Hollywood A-listers – with many donating at least $500,000.  If we all chip in even as little as 1 dollar, we can end this disaster sooner than later. If you want to donate to the cause, you can donate to the New South Wales bush fires charitie. If you want another option, there’s also gofundme page: #FighttheFires. It’s up to us if we want to make a change, so what would you do?