[269] Lesser known is that about 117 million hectares (290 million acres), or 15 per cent of Australia's land mass, experienced fire in the summer of 1974–5. The fire impacted a large industrial area and threatened numerous properties before being brought under control by 9:30 pm. "[416], The NSW Bushfire Inquiry into the causes of the fires published their findings in August 2020. [69][70][71] NSW also experienced the longest continuously burning bushfire complex in Australia's history, having burnt more than 4 million hectares (9,900,000 acres), with 70-metre-high (230 ft) flames being reported. [44][45], By 4 March 2020, all fires in New South Wales had been extinguished completely (to the point where there were no fires in the state for the first time since July 2019),[46] and the Victoria fires had all been contained. Twelve local government areasstarted the Bush Fire Danger Period two months early, on 1 August 2019, and nine more started on 17 August 2019. Land around Nowendoc and Yarrowich was also burnt. Philanthropists, corporate organisations, celebrities, and sportspeople donated to various fundraising appeals for bushfire victims and firefighters; estimated to total A$500 million as of 19 January 2020. The major fires peaked during December–January. [486] An episode of Four Corners titled Black Summer comprised an audio-visual media collation of material provided by people impacted by bushfires and was broadcast in early February 2020. [142][143][144], Because of the bushfires occurring in the surrounding regions, the Sydney metropolitan area suffered from dangerous smoky haze for several days throughout December, with the air quality being eleven times the hazardous level in some days,[145][146] making it even worse than New Delhi's,[147] where it was also compared to "smoking 32 cigarettes" by Associate Professor Brian Oliver, a respiratory diseases scientist at the University of Technology Sydney.[148]. [405], Climate and fire experts agree that climate change is a factor known to result in increased fire frequency and intensity in south east Australia, and although it should not be considered as the sole cause of the 2019–20 Australian fires,[406] climate change is considered very likely to have contributed to the unprecedented extent and severity of the fires. Two fire trucks were caught in fatal incidents caused directly by fire conditions, killing three fire fighters. Port Macquarie and surrounding areas were blanketed in thick smoke on 29 October with ongoing fire activity over the following week caused the sky to have an orange glow. A large fire near Swansea also burnt over 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres). [187], On 23 January 2020, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules large air tanker crashed near Cooma while waterbombing a blaze, resulting in the death of the three American crew members on board. Under strong winds and extreme heat the fire spread rapidly, growing out of control and impacting the suburban interface across South Turramurra. [371], The United Arab Emirates sent 200 volunteers from the Emirates Red Crescent to help fight the fire, including Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi. [85] An investigation is underway by the ATSB to determine the cause of the accident. [200], On 23 January 2020, there were still 12 fires burning in Victoria, the strongest in East Gippsland and the north-east. The fire eventually jumped Mount Irvine Road and on 15 December, under deteriorating conditions, the fire impacted Mount Tomah, Berambing and Bilpin. Australia has the fourth-largest area of forests in the world for “high biodiversity significance,” shown in purple on the map below. [216] It destroyed at least eleven homes and burnt approximately 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres). Firefighters undertook backburning around the town whilst helicopters and fixed wing aircraft worked to control the spread of the fire. [54] Ecologists from The University of Sydney estimated 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles were lost since September with concerns that entire species of plants and animals may have been wiped out by bushfire,[55][56] later expanded to more than a billion. [59] Twenty-six people were confirmed to have been killed in New South Wales since October. A back burn on 28 October got away from New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) volunteers after a sudden wind change pushing the fire south towards Lake Cathie and west over Lake Innes. The fire destroyed a shipping container filled with fireworks, and residents within the 3-square-kilometre (1.2 sq mi) exclusion zone were ordered to evacuate. 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In eastern and north-eastern Victoria large areas of forest burnt out of control for four weeks before the fires emerged from the forests in late December. As of 6 December 2019[update], this fire burnt more than 12,000 hectares (29,653 acres),[126] destroying numerous homes and claiming the lives of three people. (CNN) Australia is being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades, with large swaths of the country devastated since the fire season began in late July. This fire joined up with the Stockyard Creek fire and together with the Coombes Gap fire and swept east towards Willawarrin, Temagog, Birdwood, Yarras, Bellangary, Kindee and Upper Rollands Plains. [133][134], In late December 2019, fires started on both sides of the Pacific Highway around the Coopernook region. There were already 9,360 fire alerts in just the first 10 days of 2020. [502][494][493] The Wiggles performed a concert on 17 and 18 January,[503] and on 16 February at Stadium Australia in Sydney, the Fire Fight Australia concert featured local and international acts. [203], All significant fires in Victoria, including the Snowy Complex fire, were declared contained on 27 February 2020. Besides immediate mortality from the fires, there were on-going mortalities after the fires from starvation, lack of shelter, and attacks from predators such as foxes and feral cats that are attracted to fire-affected areas to hunt. [391] According to ABC News, arson has been of little impact – accounting for around 1% of NSW fires and 0.3% of Victorian fires by 18 January 2020. [91], The Gospers Mountain fire was the largest forest fire ever recorded in Australia, burning more than 500,000 hectares. [186] By 11 January three fires had merged – the Dunns Road fire, the East Ournie Creek, and the Riverina's Green Valley fire – and had created a 600,000-hectare (1,482,632-acre) "mega-fire", burning south of the Snowy Mountains. Already, millions of acres have burned, creating dangerous levels of air pollution, displacing nearly 90,000 people and killing a billion animals. A fire in the Fingal Valley, in north-eastern Tasmania, started on 29 December, and a fire at Pelham, north of Hobart, started on 30 December. [446][447][448][449][450], The Guardian newspaper has disputed claims that Greens have blocked hazard reduction, writing: "Despite the evidence a claim persists that a major contributing factor of Australia’s devastating fire season... is not climate change but a conspiracy by environmentalists to 'lock up' national parks and prevent hazard reduction activities such as prescribed burning and clearing of the forest floor". The NSWRFS sent out alerts to people in Killabakh, Upper Lansdowne, Kippaxs, Elands, and Marlee to monitor conditions. All the latest maps, news and updates from The Sun. [41][84] It was one of eleven large air tankers brought to Australia for the fire season from Canada and US. [228] As of 6 January 2020[update] approximately 170,000 hectares (420,000 acres), representing about a third of the island, had been burnt. [170], On 30 December 2019, the Green Valley fire burning east of Albury near Talmalmo (which had started the day prior) developed into an unprecedented fire event for the Snowy Valleys[171] as a result of extreme local conditions. News; Le Matin – Fraser Island in Australia ravaged by forest fires. [284], Ecologists feared some endangered species were driven to extinction by the fires. Fires would clear land to benefit a high-speed rail project. [442], Incorrect reports were disseminated that the New South Wales Government, led by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, had cut funding to fire services. [131] A week before the rally was due to begin, the bushfire began to affect the region surrounding Coffs Harbour, with event organisers shortening the event in response to the deteriorating conditions. [138] As of 27 December, the Gospers Mountain fire had burnt over 500,000 hectares (1,200,000 acres);[139] and, after burning approximately 512,000 hectares (1,270,000 acres) across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Central Coast local government areas, the NSW Rural Fire Service reported the fire as contained on 12 January 2020, stating that the fire was caused by a lightning strike on 26 October. On 15 January, the Japanese government sent two C-130 aircraft of the JASDF, along with 70 other Self-Defense Force personnel to assist in transport and other efforts in combating the bushfires. As of 9 March 2020[update], the fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometres; 72,000 square miles),[2] destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including 2,779 homes)[18] and killed at least 34 people. In late October 2019, a number of fires started in remote bushland near Lake Burragorang in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park south-west of Sydney. [389][390][391][392] The political and social response to the crisis has been marked notably by political blame shifting, the circulation of large amounts of disinformation, and political disregard for scientific research, expert opinion, and previous government inquiries. [282] Other estimates, which include animals like bats, amphibians and invertebrates, also put the number killed at over a billion. [438][439] An opinion piece for The Conversation website stated "In the first week of 2020, hashtag #ArsonEmergency became the focal point of a new online narrative surrounding the bushfire crisis. Following fire damage to a water treatment plant, residents were asked to conserve water and some water was carted into island towns. [49][50] An estimated A$500 million was donated by the public at large, international organisations, public figures and celebrities for victim relief and wildlife recovery. The fire destroyed numerous houses and buildings in this area, and then jumped the Bells Line of Road into the Grose Valley.[137]. The warning was based on the Northern Australia bushfire seasonal outlook noting exceptional dry conditions and a lack of soil moisture, combined with early fires in central Queensland. In November, James Packer pledged A$1 million to support the NSWRFS. [citation needed] As of 2 January 2020[update], the Currowan fire was burning between Batemans Bay in the south, Nowra in the north, and east of Braidwood in the west. The message: the cause is arson, not climate change. [389] Experts have also cast skepticism on the effectiveness of fuel reduction treatments, citing research that suggests that prescribed burning does little to stop bushfire and save property in south east Australia, with climate and weather conditions having primary influence. Back burning operations were put in place to save Kurrajong and surrounds and to save all Blue Mountains towns from Katoomba to Winmalee. [77][78], Due to safety concerns and significant public pressure, New Year's Eve fireworks displays were cancelled across New South Wales including highly popular events at Campbelltown, Liverpool, Parramatta, and across Sydney's Northern Beaches, and as well in the nation's capital of Canberra. Recent projections of fire weather (Lucas, et al., 2007)[9] suggest that fire seasons will start earlier, end slightly later, and generally be more intense. Canberra Airport was closed for a day. Most of the 44 fires sparked by dry lighting were quickly dealt with by firefighters. The next day a second bushfire started, the Kallaroo Fire, which later during the day merged with the Redwood Forest fire forming the Beard Fire; the fire jumped the Molonglo River and threatened the suburbs of Beard, Harman and Oaks Estate as it burnt 424 hectares (1,050 acres). [233][234] On 13 December, increased temperature conditions resulted in the fire burning in excess of 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres), with the fire front over 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) in length. [399][400][401][402][403] The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) stated that on account of projected future climate change, hot days will become more frequent and hotter (very high confidence), and the time in drought is projected to increase over southern Australia (high confidence). [27] However, economists estimated that the Australian bushfires may cost over A$103 billion in property damage and economic losses, making the bushfires Australia's costliest natural disaster to date. [515][516] It prompted some organisations to provide a list of approved and vetted charities online to reduce fraud. 0 [365], The Government of Papua New Guinea offered to send 1,000 military and other personnel to Australia to assist with the response to the bushfires. [292] NASA estimated that the number of dead koalas could be as high as 25,000 or about half the total population of the species on the island. Eucalyptus trees are naturally more flammable than many other species, and bushfires in Australia are part of the natural ecology. [346] A team of five French firefighting experts arrived in Australia on 9 January to determine possible options for French and European support. [169], On 9 February 2020, NSW Rural Fire Service announced a torrential rain event over the preceding week had extinguished both the Morton and Currowan fires,[91] with the latter having burnt 499,621 hectares (1,234,590 acres) over 74 days and destroying 312 homes. From at least 6 January 2020 a bushfire near Hospital Hill in the Namadgi National Park had started; it was extinguished on 9 January. [152], On 4 January 2020, Sydney's western suburb Penrith recorded its hottest day on record at 48.9 °C (120.0 °F) making it the hottest place on Earth at the time. The widespread 1938-9 fires in Victoria, NSW, South Australia and the ACT similarly gained international headlines when the fires entered the Sydney suburbs,[268] as did the 1994 eastern seaboard fires. On 21 December, a catastrophic day, the Grose Valley fire impacted Mount Victoria, Blackheath, Bell, Clarence, Dargan and Bilpin with resultant destruction of dozens of homes. [358] The team was the first international specialist animal rescuers to arrive[359] and included vets, animal management officers as well as animal disaster and technical animal rescue experts. [59] The last fatality reported was on 23 January 2020 following the death of a man near Moruya. [166], As of 5 January 2020[update], in the Bega Valley Shire, the Border fire that started in north-eastern Victoria was burning north into New South Wales towards the major town of Eden, and had impacted the settlements of Wonboyn and surrounding areas including Kiah, Lower Towamba and parts of Boydtown. [256][257][258] The fire destroyed one facility, four outbuildings, and three vehicles. Dickman's calculation had been based on highly conservative estimates and the actual mortality would therefore be higher. Police and bushfire services (and some journalists) have contradicted this claim [...] We’ve observed both troll and bot accounts spouting disinformation regarding the bushfires on Twitter." Approximately 10 hectares (25 acres) and a number of historic Monterey pine trees were burnt. Bushfires in Australia are generally described as uncontrolled, non-structural fires burning in a grass, scrub, bush, or forested area. "[410] Originally downplaying the role of climate change in causing the fires,[411] Prime Minister Morrison eventually conceded that climate change was one of "many factors" involved and added that Australia was "playing its part" in the international effort against climate change. [28], On 12 November 2019, under Sydney's first ever catastrophic fire conditions, a fire broke out in the Lane Cove National Park south of Turramurra. It aims to stop excessive tree-clearing, protect the existing trees and forests, and restore native habitat that has been lost. [487] The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, in an address to the Australian Parliament labelled the bushfire season as the black summer as he outlined a proposal to establish a royal commission into the bushfires:[472][488]. [287] At least one species, the Kate's leaf-tailed gecko, had the entirety of its habitat burnt by the fires, while the long-footed potoroo had over 82% habitat burnt. Kiandra's historic former courthouse[184] was left with only its walls standing after a fire so hot that the glass and aluminium in the windows melted. Animals that survived a bushfire could still find suitable habitats in the immediate vicinity, which was not the case when an entire distribution is decimated in an intense event. [31][32] By comparison, in 2018, Australia's total carbon emissions were equivalent to 535 million tonnes (590 million short tons) of CO2. We found that about 40% of the fires are burning on legally protected areas like national parks and conservation zones, areas especially important for animals that reside only in Australia’s unique forest ecosystems, such as koalas and brush-tailed rock wallabies. Photo by Peter Woodard/Wikimedia Commons. Multiple states of emergency were declared across New South Wales,[33][34][35] Victoria,[36] and the Australian Capital Territory. The fire was ultimately brought under control several hours later, with one firefighter injured suffering a broken arm. One home was lost. [242] However, conservationists raised concerns for the potential loss of rare and unique flora and fauna that live in the park, which contains over 1500 such species within its boundaries, including a rare population of quokkas (one of few in mainland Western Australia). [283], A 2020 study estimated that at least 3 billion terrestrial vertebrates alone were displaced or killed by the fires, with reptiles (which tend to have higher population densities in affected areas compared to other vertebrates) comprising over two-thirds of the affected, with birds, mammals, and amphibians comprising the other third. Nearly half of the world natural heritage Faisha Island forest was burned down. Australian forest is also called “the bush” hence the name. [341][342] It was the first time since 2009 that Canadian personnel were deployed to Australia. [159] On 10 February 2020, NSW Rural Fire Service announced a torrential rain event over the preceding week had extinguished the Green Wattle Creek fire. Fanned by near catastrophic conditions, the fire grew considerably on 8 November 2019 and consumed nearly everything in its path. Authorities stated that any koalas taken to the mainland for treatment cannot return to the island in case they bring diseases back with them. [436] Giovanni Torre wrote for The Telegraph that "Australia's bushfire crisis has led to what appears to be a deliberate misinformation campaign started by climate-change deniers claiming arson is the primary cause of the ongoing fires... Social media accounts, including Donald Trump Jr's Twitter account, circulated the false claim that 183 people had been arrested for arson during the Australian fire crisis..."[437] 183 people were subject to legal action, but only 24 for "deliberately-lit bushfires". [213], On 8 November a bushfire broke out in forestry to the west of the township of Jimna, causing Queensland Fire and Emergency services to issue a "watch and act" alert. Twenty others from government agencies would also be involved with the mission. As of 16 January 2020[update] the Fingal fire had burnt over 20,000 hectares (49,000 acres) and the Pelham fire over 2,100 hectares (5,200 acres).[248][249]. The Currowan fire had merged with the Tianjara fire in the Morton National Park to the south west of Nowra; and the Charleys Forest fire had grown along the fire's western flank; and on the fire's southern flank, the fire had merged with the Clyde Mountain fire.[163]. [366] Australia accepted 100 Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel. What good will it do to have another? [citation needed], In the Hunter region, the Kerry Ridge fire burnt in the Wollemi National Park, Nullo Mountain, Coricudgy and Putty state forests in the Mid-Western Region, Muswellbrook and Singleton local government areas. The Siberian forest fires of 2003 resulted in … [458][459] Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was also criticised for holidaying on a cruise ship while fires were active in the state. [264][260] At midday on 31 January, Barr declared a state of emergency for the ACT, the first time such action had occurred since the 2003 fires. Firefighters have been battling wildfires in Australia for months, burning through more than 17 million acres of land, claiming the lives of at least 26 people, and destroying about 2,000 homes. 10 G Street NE Suite 800Washington, DC 20002, USA, Phone +1 (202) 729-7600Fax +1 (202) 729-7610, forests sequester massive amounts of carbon, Weather Patterns that Fueled Great Smoky Mountains Forest Fire Could Increase with Climate Change, 6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires, California Made Headlines, but 5 Other U.S. States Also Broke Wildfire Records in 2018, Q&A with African Risk Capacity: How Innovative Financing Models Can Build Climate Change Resilience, Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought. [471] Morrison was further criticised for a "donate" button on a Liberal Party website page which misleadingly led to a donations page for the Liberal Party itself, rather than bushfire relief; the button was later removed. [123] In the Port Macquarie suburb of Crestwood a fire started on 26 October from a dry electrical storm. He also stated that "not only has our budget not been cut, we are enjoying record budgets. [199], On 13 January 2020, two bushfires were burning at emergency level in Victoria despite milder conditions, one about 8 km east of Abbeyard and the other in East Gippsland affecting Tamboon, Tamboon South and Furnel. 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