In 2020, it feels like we’ve reached a new level of tension. Nearly everyone’s talking about the possibility of World War Three breaking out. Meanwhile, Australia’s still on fire, with devastating consequences.

To show you just how serious the situation is, Bored Panda collected a list of images that prove that things are absolutely terrifying in the Land Down Under. Scroll down and let us know in the comments which images of the Australian bushfires left their mark on you. And if you’re currently in Australia, dear Pandas, let us know what the situation is like and stay safe.

When you’re done with this post, have a read through Bored Panda’s other articles about the Australian fires. Including about a hero dog who finds koalas who survived the bushfires, how the Irwin family already helped 90,000 animals, as well as a historian’s explanation of what’s going on in the country right now.

#1

To Our Nation's True Heroes - The Thousands Of Firefighters Currently Battling Fires Across Our Country, We Thank You From The Bottom Of Our Hearts

To Our Nation's True Heroes - The Thousands Of Firefighters Currently Battling Fires Across Our Country, We Thank You From The Bottom Of Our Hearts

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Luis Milian
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11 months ago

god bless!

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Neighbours Helping Out Strangers During The Australian Bushfires. Everything Helps And It All Adds Up!

Neighbours Helping Out Strangers During The Australian Bushfires. Everything Helps And It All Adds Up!

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LuckyL
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11 months ago

this is such a nice thing to do!!!

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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

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

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Phoebe Bean
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11 months ago

Hero without cape, but blanket! Thank you, sir!!!

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The Australian bushfires devastated the country and its ecosystem, leaving around half-a-billion animals dead. Meanwhile, around 14 million acres (21,875 square miles) of land is scorched, and hundreds of thousands of Australians have been displaced. It’s a disaster of end-of-the-world proportions.

We’re often told that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure to be seen from space. However, the bushfires in Australia are so extensive that even satellites orbiting the Earth can spot the smoke and flames.

You can donate towards disaster relief and recovery efforts like the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund to make a change and to help Australians affected by the bushfires.

#4

The Kangaroo Is Drenched In Water After Approaching A Human For Help

The Kangaroo Is Drenched In Water After Approaching A Human For Help

Matrix for Daily Mail Australia Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
11 months ago

you know it's serious when wild animals ask human for help, my heart breaks for all inhabitants of great southern land

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#5

I'm So Proud Of My Country, Our Volunteer Firefighters Are Legends In Their Own Category

I'm So Proud Of My Country, Our Volunteer Firefighters Are Legends In Their Own Category

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glorytherainwing
Community Member
11 months ago

awwww

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#6

Quite Literally Watching Your World Burn

Quite Literally Watching Your World Burn

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Hope Floats
Community Member
11 months ago

"The last man on Earth".. This is such a sad and poignant photo.. My heart goes to all affected..

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But what are the other effects that the calamity has had? Well, for one, Australians are becoming jaded with their government and showing their anger. 20-year-old Zoey Salucci McDermott refusing to take prime minister Scott Morrison’s hand perfectly encapsulates the country’s anger. “I’ll only shake your hand if you give more funding to the Rural Fire Service,” she said.

Meanwhile, the transport minister in New South Wales, Andrew Constance, told the media that "this is not a bush fire. It's an atomic bomb."

But there is a silver lining to the smoky clouds rising over the Land Down Under: the bushfires are bringing out the best in some Australians. People are showing what they’re worth by helping out their neighbors, rescuing animals, and doing what they can to stop the fires from spreading further.

#7

This Fire Fighter (And All Ff’s) Saving The People, Animals, And Homes In Australia

This Fire Fighter (And All Ff’s) Saving The People, Animals, And Homes In Australia

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Phoebe Bean
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11 months ago

How many of these mighty volunteers don´t get enough credits for their kindness??

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#8

After Spotting A Koala Crossing A Road Amongst The Flames A Woman Rushed To The Animal’s Aid, Wrapping It In Her Shirt And Pouring Water Over It

 After Spotting A Koala Crossing A Road Amongst The Flames A Woman Rushed To The Animal’s Aid, Wrapping It In Her Shirt And Pouring Water Over It

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Jenn Unicorn Popping
Community Member
11 months ago

I think this little guy didn't make it though :(

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#9

My Family Have Been Fighting These Fires On Our Farm And Our Community Nonstop For Over A Month

My Family Have Been Fighting These Fires On Our Farm And Our Community Nonstop For Over A Month

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.

My family have been fighting these fires on our farm and our community nonstop for over a month. They are tired, they are sore, and they are running out of resources.

Today I heard my Dad cry, he said “Jen I have never seen anything like this, it’s never ending”

We still have over 50 days of summer left we aren’t even half way and there is currently no end in sight.

Please don’t become numb to what’s happening. Don’t get caught up in the negativity, the politics, the facebook news, the drama!

Australia is on fire and there are brave people all over the country VOLUNTARILY fighting day in, day out to keep our lives and homes safe.

These firefighters need our support more than ever!

This should be our one and only focus.

To all of the people helping directly and indirectly around the country Thank you! To everyone else don’t forget to donate what you can to your charity of choice, every little bit will help! This is far from over!

To my family, I can not express how proud I am of you all! I love you and am forever thankful 

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Carol Emory
Community Member
11 months ago

I wish I could get there with food stores. I'd like to cook for the people put out of their homes and for first responders/firefighters.

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In fact, the entire world’s reacting to the situation as best as it can. People from half-a-world away are donating what they can to help the people of Australia. While even celebrities are taking steps to secure funding for firefighters.

For instance, comedian Celeste Barber raised 24 million Australian dollarydoos (nearly 17 million US dollars) for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. The best female tennis player on Earth, Ashleigh Barty, promised to donate her Brisbane International prize money winnings worth 250,000 US dollars. The event starts Monday. US singer Pink and actress Nicole Kidman both pledged 500,000 dollars to Australian fire services.

#10

Amazingly Surreal Photo Of The Bush Fire In Australia

Amazingly Surreal Photo Of The Bush Fire In Australia

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Hope Floats
Community Member
11 months ago

It really does look like The Apocalypse... I can't imagine how terrifying this must be to witness...

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#11

Exhausted Firefighters In Australia

Exhausted Firefighters In Australia

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
11 months ago

Bravest people on earth! Firefighters never get enough recognition for their efforts.

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#12

Australia Fires

Australia Fires

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Nea
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11 months ago

Respect!

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Bored Panda spoke with Ben Jameson, an Australian living on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane, about the fires, as well as about the anger that the country's citizens are feeling at the government due to the entire situation.

"There’s a whole lot of division when it comes to whose to blame. Politically. My housemate lost two extended family members in the fires in Wytaliba. Where they lost 80% of the houses in that community. But that’s not the only community to experience such loss," Ben told us. "People are pretty angry, man. Angry at the leadership, because there is none. We have a prime minister who is so disconnected, he goes to the site of where there has been such devastating loss, to do what?! Well the members of the community are there. But does he want to talk to them? No! He literally walks away from anyone that has something to say, anything."

"People are pleading, crying, desperately wanting to know what. Is going to do, where the help is, where is the support, where is the funding for the firefighters, where is the funding and support for the volunteer firefighters... So many of these firefighters are volunteers."

He continued: "You would think in a country such as ours, where we have had bushfires become a part of our identity almost, that we would have invested properly and have adequate equipment and sufficiently trained firefighters and enough of them. But no, instead against all advice from weather services about drought and rainfall conditions, and advice from fire services about the severity of predicted bushfire seasons, the government chose to cut funding to fire services, up to 39 million dollars. But who cares now. The people have been able to muster near that sum themselves. It’s almost as if we don’t need a government. The people are more than capable, and the people know."

#13

Firefighter Saved This Little Baby Kangaroo That Was Left By Its Self

Firefighter Saved This Little Baby Kangaroo That Was Left By Its Self

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Tillie Martinussen
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11 months ago

Little guy

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#14

3D “Visualisation” Of The Fires In Australia, Made From Nasa Satellite Data

3D “Visualisation” Of The Fires In Australia, Made From Nasa Satellite Data

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The Frog
Community Member
11 months ago

Omg

Nikki D
Community Member
11 months ago

That's all I can think, too.

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Sian Edwards
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11 months ago

To clarify, this represents all the bushfires over the last few months, some of these fires have since been put out, and this is not a true colour map. The aim of the picture is to show just how many fires Australia has dealt with in recent weeks. Think of it as pins marking places on a paper map, but using satellite technology.

John L
Community Member
11 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. It seems like it was all at one point in time.

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Ian Carter
Community Member
11 months ago

If you watch the news here in the UK you would think its just New South Wales but as you can clearly see its the WHOLE COUNTRY! Why did the world loose its shit when Notre Dame caught fire but doesn't seem to care about a whole country?

Mia Cardenas
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11 months ago

you are absolutely correct

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Amanda Slattery
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11 months ago

It is terrifying, but I have to say it’s a time lapse photo. NASA has compiled the photo from the last few months. It’s not one day, but still horrific.

Artist Known As Lisa
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10 months ago

Thanks

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Bobert Robertson
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11 months ago

Not that this makes anything better, but for clarity this is not the current state of the fires. This is the total of what has burned already, and still is burning - meaning some of this is out now. Still terrifying to think it affects the entire continent.

Night Owl
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11 months ago

That makes more sense. Thank you for the clarification

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R L
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11 months ago

As per the compiler of the image: This is a 3D visualisation of the fires in Australia. NOT A PHOTO. Think of this as prettier looking graph. This is made from data from NASA’s FIRMS (Satellite data regarding fires) between 05/12/19 – 05/01/20. These are all the areas which have been affected by bushfires. Scale is a little exaggerated due to the render’s glow, but generally true to the info from the NASA website. Also note that NOT all the areas are still burning, and this is a compilation.

Artist Known As Lisa
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10 months ago

Thanks .. this is misleading

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Freya the Wanderer
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11 months ago

Even if this shows the sum total of all that has burned rather than just the current blazes, it's still horrifying.

Sterrinatu
Community Member
11 months ago

This picture alone puts it in perspective. Devastating doesn't begin to describe it.

Elle Arrogancia
Community Member
11 months ago

Dear God...I can’t even...😢

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
10 months ago

I’m not sure about this photo. I know the fires have been in Queensland, NSW and Victoria plus south western W.A., blocking the highway between Eastern Australia and us in W.A. But I’ve not heard one word about fires in North Queensland, Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of W.A. Maybe Ive been daydreaming but as far as I can tell there’s not been any news of this to be occurring simultaneously with the current fires on the south east coast.

Janet Lee Thomas
Community Member
10 months ago

You're exactly right. It's not simultaneous. This picture is misleading because it's not just one picture.

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Danielle Renee
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11 months ago

wow, that really puts it into perspective.

Janet Lee Thomas
Community Member
10 months ago

This is a 'visualisation' of the fires that have occurred so far in Australia. This does not mean this is ONE picture, it means that all pictures were made into one. A lot of the fire parts are out now, but there's still a lot ongoing and new one's breaking out

Krzysztof Szweda
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

It's a 2 years summary, still sad to watch

Nancy Ruslander
Community Member
10 months ago

Artist's visualisation misinterpreted One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the live extent of fire spread, with large sections of the Australian coastline molten-red and fiery. But it is actually artist Anthony Hearsey's visualisation of one month of data of locations where fire was detected, collected by Nasa's Fire Information for Resource Management System. "The scale is a little exaggerated due to the render's glow, but it is generally true to the info from the Nasa website. Also note that not all the areas are still burning, and this is a compilation," Mr Hearsey wrote on Instagram in response to criticism by viewers that the image was misleading.

Dog Lover
Community Member
10 months ago

My beautiful country is burning. 😢

Ethan Collard
Community Member
10 months ago

the fire itself doesn't look as bad/meanicing on satalite

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
10 months ago

How terrible, what in gods name are we doing to this planet?

Tora Wookiee Macaw
Community Member
10 months ago

Here in Western Australia, we are counting our blessings as such a devastating blaze could happen so easily here. There has been very little in the form of fire control management due to our sucky powers that be. We had a terrible bush fire to the south last year but that was nothing compared to what's happening now.

Panda Kicki
Community Member
10 months ago

This is nowhere near reality. This is a cgi rendering. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/australia-fires-iss-image/

Carolyn Rutherford
Community Member
10 months ago

Come down to Australia and see the reality. The image is over one month, and it is unprecedented to have fires in all states and territories at one time.

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Mia Cardenas
Community Member
11 months ago

My goodness :-(

Dan Sobkowiak
Community Member
11 months ago

My God this is horrible.

Barbara Davies Savage
Community Member
11 months ago

Is that for real? oMG! Hell

Barbara Davies Savage
Community Member
11 months ago

OMG so sad, God Help Them!

Anne Boehl
Community Member
11 months ago

Words are inadequate

Michaela Cottle
Community Member
11 months ago

oh my gosh. makes you cry.

Zayda Sanchez
Community Member
11 months ago

What Australia looks like under fire.

Sue Grigg
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh my God.

Michelle Line
Community Member
11 months ago

Yet trump claims there is no global change.

Ulla Malmgren
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh my God 😢😢😢😢

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

There are no words.

ju Hel
Community Member
11 months ago

I've read, that these are all the fires of this summer, the ones already put out and the ones still burning. Looks like a glowing ember. Terrifying!

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
11 months ago

damn onion cutting ninjas, that's heartbreaking for land, people and animals

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
11 months ago

Indeed. I'm relieved to know that I'm not the only one that the onions got a hold of

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LoL.alpaca
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10 months ago

things we take for granted...................

Curious Cat
Community Member
10 months ago

and there's no such thing as global warming? how will this ever get better?

patricia matthews
Community Member
10 months ago

The whole continent! Lord help them😕😲

Maria Hearn
Community Member
10 months ago

Omg looks like whole of Australia is burning

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
Community Member
10 months ago

😭😭😭

Sky Loveridge
Community Member
10 months ago

Omg... I could have never imagined this!

karina andersen
Community Member
10 months ago

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-18/indigenous-burning-before-and-after-tathra-bushfire/10258140

Chris Bainbridge
Community Member
10 months ago

Some folks are saying this pic is false, but it doesn't take away the horror.

Ranko Yokoyama
Community Member
10 months ago

So frightening

Ronald Hatt
Community Member
10 months ago

A CONTINENT ON FIRE......GOD HELP THEM!

Sam Meyers
Community Member
10 months ago

And when you consider much of the interior, what is not on fire, is just desert, makes it even more horrific.

Lisa Pockat Bork
Community Member
10 months ago

Unreal

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
10 months ago

please somebody tell us, whatelse we can do besides sending money ...

Uma Maheswar Nakka
Community Member
10 months ago

I Can't bear this, Nature please get cooled..

Bonnie Boyle
Community Member
10 months ago

We'll keep praying! Sending our love to you Australia!💖

Artist Known As Lisa
Community Member
10 months ago

WHAT?? It looks like a piece of lava!

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh merciful God!!!!

Aileen Grist
Community Member
10 months ago

Will Australia be able to support much in the way of life afterwards, I wonder.

Jayne Coney
Community Member
10 months ago

This is not a real picture, it’s an artists impression

Toni Stutz
Community Member
10 months ago

And if you can find a pic of Australia overlaid on a map of USA, you'll really go OMG!

Judy Rofe
Community Member
10 months ago

No, that isn't accurate at all. That is imagination gone wild. Fires do not burn in the desert sands.

Ana M
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh my God!!!!

Zoe Farris
Community Member
10 months ago

This is acrtually a composit of all teh fires that had been over several months, and not all were alight at teh same time. However the mass at teh bottom right is pretty much how the mega fire is.

Cecille Tabuena
Community Member
10 months ago

😭😭😭😭 God save them please! 🙏🙏

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
10 months ago

Jesus that is god awful.

Donna Johansen
Community Member
10 months ago

yeah, not sure many bushfires are happening in the top end during monsoon season, especially with the cyclone brewing up near Broome

Ed Martin
Community Member
10 months ago

Where are the people going to stay safe? This is so horrendous to happen to this wonderful Country. They don't deserve this. Ed

Complaints Department
Community Member
10 months ago

Yeah its pretty horrendous. We live somewhere there aren't many but you keep waking up smelling smoke thinking the house is on fire.. And the sky is a weird red color....

Arran Walker
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

This manipulated image distorts what’s currently going on, but it is powerful, all the same. Fires did occur in all these places, but it was not at the same time, and numerous images were combined to show the effect over time.

Julie Lynch
Community Member
10 months ago

This photo tells the real story,

Josh Coker
Community Member
10 months ago

surreal and just...it's impossible not to believe it. this is insane.

Cindy Burrell
Community Member
10 months ago

So scary!

Margaret Nicholson
Community Member
10 months ago

This is horrible! WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU? UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHERE ARE YOU? THIS IS HEARTBREAKING!!!!

Patrick O'Brien
Community Member
10 months ago

UNBELIEVABLE!

Cindy Bohacek
Community Member
10 months ago

wow

Cindi Bethel-Carmona
Community Member
10 months ago

OMG

Roz Klaiman
Community Member
10 months ago

as seen from space

Peter Donald
Community Member
10 months ago

thats awful

Nancy Paseman
Community Member
10 months ago

land of fire

Stacie Wyatt
Community Member
10 months ago

wow

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
10 months ago

It's completely charred!!!

Carol Walden
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh my goodness, that looks frightening. Praying for everyone

Lee Graydon
Community Member
10 months ago

These are representations of the high temperatures we have had here in Australia.

Laura Rodrigues
Community Member
10 months ago

Noooooo. 😱 is this accurate???? 😓😓😓😓😓😓

Arda Balaban
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11 months ago

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Water Bottle
Community Member
11 months ago

Damn

Judy Mundy
Community Member
11 months ago

Pray for Australia

Judith Hughes
Community Member
11 months ago

The whole continent looks one huge hot coal...

The Cute Cat
Community Member
11 months ago

OMG.. I though that it only hit a side or two of Aussie.. Australia is a giant country.. I cannot believe that fire can spread that wide

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
11 months ago

It looks like the entire country/continent is on fire or already burned black.

Russian Otaku
Community Member
11 months ago

Holy shit that's a fuck ton of fire

Anita Parish Schouten
Community Member
11 months ago

Simply unbelievable

How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
11 months ago

This is so.. terrifying. Just seeing the satellite image. I couldn't imagine how scary it would be to actually be there.

Maria Nemeth
Community Member
11 months ago

This is worse than terror. Horrific. Ez rettenetes.

Joan Hoye
Community Member
11 months ago

will the whole country burn?? Totally terrifying and heartbreaking!!

Wendy Field
Community Member
11 months ago

Appalling. The size of it, when you think that Britain would fit 20 times into that area.

Guglielmo Marconi
Community Member
11 months ago

With fire on one side and nuclear on the, we are fucked.

Sonja Koerbes
Community Member
11 months ago

Unreal!!!

Vlad Nicer
Community Member
11 months ago

Not a photo. A 'visualisation' from NASA. So turn on your critical thinking skills, cos its 'over-inflamed.' These fires are far from the worst, historically. 1970s - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia

Carolyn Rutherford
Community Member
10 months ago

More people have died in previous fires which were confined to one area of one state, and lasted days. These fires have been burning since September, and are now in every state and territory, and our fire season still has at least two months to go. Still think it is "over-inflamed"?

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Marta Ramirez
Community Member
11 months ago

This is totally wrong, there are NO fires on the north of Australia, nothing from half way up. I wish people would stop taking liberties, we're going through enough!

I love Foxxy
Community Member
11 months ago

There are fires all over Australia including top end of WA but many aren’t talked about because they are either small, contained and under control.

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My Uncle At The End Of A 13 Hour Shift Volunteering With Nsw Rfs

My Uncle At The End Of A 13 Hour Shift Volunteering With Nsw Rfs

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Bored Birgit
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11 months ago

Thank you, Sir.

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"Our government is so disconnected. And so heavily invested in coal and anti-climate change. Because that’s where the Liberal Party funding comes from: pro-coal, and anti-climate change business. It does not serve the Liberal Party well to divest from coal, and to talk about climate change."

Ben said that it's "punishable to protest about the climate" and claims that he lives in a 'V for Vendetta' film. I mean why is it that it is now punishable to protest about the climate? It’s now illegal. How dystopian is this reality? I thought this was the future. But we can’t even talk about climate change. We are well in the grip of a changing climate and the consequences now are irreversible. We are well and truly [effed]. This that your seeing on the news now. This is now going to be the norm. Our bushfires in El Niño years are going to look like this."

"And don’t get me wrong. This won’t be every year. Sure we get bushfires. But there are a lot of serious global changes happening and lots of meteorological drivers. El Niño means we have such low rainfall at the moment. Drought conditions in so many towns lots of towns have run out of water. Cattle are dying, crops are dying. Sure, when La Niña years come around in their 4-ish year cycle we will experience more rain. But again, the severity of that rain will also be increased, our floods are going to get worse, our cyclones are going to get worse."

Ben continued: "We’re a big country so we experience a lot of extreme weather from north, south, east, and west. But there have been flames 80m tall, the wind just blows it and blows it and it’s just unstoppable. The heat from these fires extends so far that firefighters cannot get close enough to put water anywhere near the flame.... it is out of control. They can’t be controlled. You’ve probably gathered that even I’m pretty angry about it."

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Australian Hillside Glows Like Lava After Being Consumed By Bushfire

Australian Hillside Glows Like Lava After Being Consumed By Bushfire

Balmattum hill is really glowing tonight, however not as much as all of our incredible & selfless emergency services. Thank you

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Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

This is so scary. 😭 We all pray for rain in Australia.

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#17

Caught The Smoke As It Was Spreading Over Our Suburb In Australia

Caught The Smoke As It Was Spreading Over Our Suburb In Australia

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Merilyn Horton
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11 months ago

And it’s not bloody photoshopped either.

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#18

Firefighters Literally Dance In Joy As Rain Falls Over Raging Bush Fires That Have Burned Across Australia For Weeks

Firefighters Literally Dance In Joy As Rain Falls Over Raging Bush Fires That Have Burned Across Australia For Weeks

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11 months ago

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According to Ben, he feels embarrassed by the Australian government and thinks that its "a joke." "Make no mistake, they do not speak for the majority of the Australian people. At least the people that I know. My friends and family have shown so much support and strength and resilience. Coming together, donating money where possible, helping each other out, going to communities to help clean up. Like, just regular people. Not emergency services or defense force. Just normal people."

"There’s a number floating around that’s you guys have probably seen. A university in Sydney estimates that near 500 million animals have been killed by the fires since September. Half a billion. Half an [effing] billion. What the [eff]? Like so many of our animals, wombats, koalas, crocs, platypus, etc. are endangered or threatened species. I don’t think people, (especially, people in government) understand the scale of that number. I’m not sure if our country's ecosystem and biosphere will recover from this, I really don’t."

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Hell Opens Up In Australia. Thoughts Go Out To Our Brave Fire Fighters

Hell Opens Up In Australia. Thoughts Go Out To Our Brave Fire Fighters

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Carol Emory
Community Member
11 months ago

Be careful!!

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#20

Bushfire Evacuation

Bushfire Evacuation

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Carol Emory
Community Member
11 months ago

This is insane!

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#21

In Australia After A Fire

In Australia After A Fire

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Carol Emory
Community Member
11 months ago

That is one tough Kookaburra!

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Ben says that he lives on the Gold Coast and he's been lucky that there haven't been fires there. "But we have had smoke, a lot of it, blown hundreds of kilometers from big fires and to have smoke near the Gold Coast, for weeks and weeks is scary. It just doesn’t happen. And now it’s become common."

"As far as what’s being done to stop the fires, well, these firefighters and volunteer firefighters are battling a literal Hell. A relentless unstoppable Hell. A heat that’s so intense yet they are still so far away from flames."

Ben's housemate raised close to 60,000 Australian dollars for her community that burn down earlier in December. "Just through a Go Fund Me. Pretty impressive. Her name is Cerene Lowe."

#22

So Tired

So Tired

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.

Vondecoy Report

Night Owl
Community Member
11 months ago

Get well soon and take care of yourself. Good luck

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#23

No Filters. Australia Is Red From Wildfires

No Filters. Australia Is Red From Wildfires

alonelysaber Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

Omg. We’re crying with you. Stay safe.

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#24

My Son Is 1 Month Old, He's Never Breathed Fresh Air In His Life

My Son Is 1 Month Old, He's Never Breathed Fresh Air In His Life

gordogamsby Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
11 months ago

that's damn scary fact

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"That fire was part of a larger group of fires up near the northern rivers of New South Wales (close to the Gold Coast where I am). Those fires are mostly under control now. But yeah, since that massive heat wave came through that broke all the temperature records at the end of last year it sparked fires further down south near the NSW/Victoria border, like even our Alpine region is on fire. Obviously no snow at the moment, but still. The country is just so dry at the moment. And like it has rained in places, but sporadically. It rained here last on Christmas Day. But it’s not raining where it needs it, especially further inland where it is just so so dry."

#25

A Picture One Of The Local Postmen Took From His Front Yard. This Was In Forster

A Picture One Of The Local Postmen Took From His Front Yard. This Was In Forster

FranklinFox Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

It looks like hell on earth. Horrible, horrible tragedy in Australia. I wish we could send rain. Will donate. Every little bit helps

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#26

The Fires From Australia Are So Massive That We Our Skies In New Zealand Have Turned Yellow (1,600 Miles Away)

The Fires From Australia Are So Massive That We Our Skies In New Zealand Have Turned Yellow (1,600 Miles Away)

overcloseness Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

Wow 😱😱😱

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#27

How Big The Fires Are

How Big The Fires Are

twkpsh Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
11 months ago

That's just jaw dropping!

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#28

6 Deaths. 2.2 Million Hectares Burnt. 680 Homes Destroyed. Countless Animals Lost. And No End In Sight...

6 Deaths. 2.2 Million Hectares Burnt. 680 Homes Destroyed. Countless Animals Lost. And No End In Sight...

greenpeace Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
11 months ago

Aussies are strong and will beat this!!

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#29

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

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

potatoinmymouth Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

Noooo... I didn’t know, this was also a side effect. Scary, sad and horrible. Thanks for educating us.

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#30

Do You See This? This Is Our World. 4000 People Are Currently Sheltering From The Devastating Fires In Australia On A Beach. Photos Taken In Mallacoota In Victoria

Do You See This? This Is Our World. 4000 People Are Currently Sheltering From The Devastating Fires In Australia On A Beach. Photos Taken In Mallacoota In Victoria

travellingmidwife Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

My heart breaks. Completely breaks for the Australian people and their animals and ecosystem. We can’t imagine

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#31

Australia Is Currently Engulfed By Bushfires ... Almost 2000 Houses Have Been Burnt

Australia Is Currently Engulfed By Bushfires ... Almost 2000 Houses Have Been Burnt

Martin Von Stoll Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

This is so frightening a photo. 💔

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#32

Australia Bush Fire

Australia Bush Fire

Hakko12345 Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

Symbolic. They’re fighting such a huge scale of devastation, with tools that are inferior to the sheer scale of fire that’s erupted. Heroes. God d*** heroes.

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#33

Australia Fires

Australia Fires

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Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

The sky and ground is on fire. We pray for you.

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#34

11-Year-Old Finn Piloting A Powerboat

11-Year-Old Finn Piloting A Powerboat

ABC news Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

Good job Finn. I hope you’re safe now.

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#35

This Is What My City Melbourne Looks Like Right Now !!! The Air Quality Here Is Terrible

This Is What My City Melbourne Looks Like Right Now !!! The Air Quality Here Is Terrible

Liam Ferrari Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

This makes me want to cry.

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#36

Area Of Land Burnt In Australia And Area Of Smoke Coverage Shown As Equivalent Area Over Europe

Area Of Land Burnt In Australia And Area Of Smoke Coverage Shown As Equivalent Area Over Europe

neilrkaye Report

Sian Edwards
Community Member
11 months ago

In the UK we like to use Wales (my home) as a unit of measurement when comparing areas damaged by deforestation or fire. The dot representing the Australian fire damage is bigger than Wales. If the fires were burning here, my country would have been completely burned off the map. This is the sad fact: Australia's south eastern states are being burnt off the maps. And they have a long summer ahead.

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#37

One Of The Hundred Of Homes Destroyed By The Australian Fires

One Of The Hundred Of Homes Destroyed By The Australian Fires

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Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

So sad. I hope we all donate to help our fellow humans get back on their feet again. From all over the world

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#38

Over A 1000 People Forced Onto A Beach By Out Of Control Fires. They Are Surrounded With No Escape Except To Swim

Over A 1000 People Forced Onto A Beach By Out Of Control Fires. They Are Surrounded With No Escape Except To Swim

spiceprincesszen Report

Kim Lee
Community Member
11 months ago

Sadly, this same scenario happened in Japan in 1923, but those trapped were consumed in a large fire tornado that killed 38,000 people in fifteen minutes :( . Glad the people pictured here received assistance and are safe.

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#39

This Photo Isn't Edited. Bushfires In Australia

This Photo Isn't Edited. Bushfires In Australia

DrAllure Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
11 months ago

Hope it´s not fire those lights I see in the house!

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#40

A Satellite Image Shows Wildfires Burning East Of Obrost, Victoria, Australia January 4, 2020

A Satellite Image Shows Wildfires Burning East Of Obrost, Victoria, Australia January 4, 2020

Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS Report

Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
11 months ago

The area is huge. 💔

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#41

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.

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.

KettyJ Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
11 months ago

I’m sure it feels more like Happy Fucking New Year, there’s nothing to celebrate right now. This is bound to end, and hopefully soon (would’ve preferred yesterday, but keep hoping for tomorrow). Massive rainstorms have to start pouring to out this scale of fire out. It must happen. It must. Then you can celebrate.

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#42

Yesterday Was One Crazy Day. I Helped Defend Friends Property From The Fire At Nth Durras

Yesterday Was One Crazy Day. I Helped Defend Friends Property From The Fire At Nth Durras

Josh Burkinshaw Report

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
11 months ago

So so frightening

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#43

Paracombe 34, Langley Rd Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek Bushfire, South Australia

Paracombe 34, Langley Rd Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek Bushfire, South Australia

FlashoverAU Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
11 months ago

That bottle of water is quite the statement.

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#44

Australia Fired

Australia Fired

bbc Report

Michele Nicholson
Community Member
11 months ago

This is just so tragic. I am thinking how are people not only trying to escape but get there Food, meds, medical treatment, jobs businesses , money, schools, gas for cars everything. I wish a national guard could help these people to stablize areas for them. I am sure some are doing the best they can however its the whole Australia looking at NASA pic.

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#45

Hill Of "Lava"

Hill Of "Lava"

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GARRETT O'BANION
Community Member
10 months ago

i mean from a perspective it looks cool when you dont think but the next second you think of the damge and your like fuuuuuk

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#46

A Picture Of The Fires Burning In Australia Right Now. It Looks Like Hell