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

pipmagazineau Report

#2

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!

grrrr12344 Report

#3

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

nomadofthewaves Report

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

#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

cheryl2399 Report

#6

Quite Literally Watching Your World Burn

Quite Literally Watching Your World Burn

Alex Coppel Report

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

boldstyle1 Report

#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

KETKnbc Report

#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 

Jenna O'Keeffe Report

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

Martin Von Stoll Report

#11

Exhausted Firefighters In Australia

Exhausted Firefighters In Australia

Sumit316 Report

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

sammcglone Report

#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

Anthony Hearsey Report

#15

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

Caityface91 Report

"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."

#16

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

‎Melissa Ericksen Report

#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

Jaykoyote123 Report

#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

GallowBoob Report

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."

#19

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

Geng68 Report

#20

Bushfire Evacuation

Bushfire Evacuation

aggressivemagpie Report

#21

In Australia After A Fire

In Australia After A Fire

davetawil Report

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

#23

No Filters. Australia Is Red From Wildfires

No Filters. Australia Is Red From Wildfires

alonelysaber Report

#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

"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

#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

See Also on Bored Panda
#27

How Big The Fires Are

How Big The Fires Are

twkpsh Report

#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

#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

#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

#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

#32

Australia Bush Fire

Australia Bush Fire

Hakko12345 Report

#33

Australia Fires

Australia Fires

Report

#34

11-Year-Old Finn Piloting A Powerboat

11-Year-Old Finn Piloting A Powerboat

ABC news Report

#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

#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

See Also on Bored Panda
#37

One Of The Hundred Of Homes Destroyed By The Australian Fires

One Of The Hundred Of Homes Destroyed By The Australian Fires

whatisuniqueusername Report

#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

#39

This Photo Isn't Edited. Bushfires In Australia

This Photo Isn't Edited. Bushfires In Australia

DrAllure Report

#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

#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

#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

#43

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

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

FlashoverAU Report

#44

Australia Fired

Australia Fired

bbc Report

#46

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

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

lockedshore Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#47

Evacuation On The Beach

Evacuation On The Beach

ALASTAIR PRIOR Report

#48

Area Of Land Burnt In Australia Compared To The Size Of Ireland

Area Of Land Burnt In Australia Compared To The Size Of Ireland

Haaazard Report

#49

Apocalyptic Image Of Sydney’s Bush Fires

Apocalyptic Image Of Sydney’s Bush Fires

YowieDingo Report

#50

No Filter. A Motel In Nsw Australia In Middle Of The Day

No Filter. A Motel In Nsw Australia In Middle Of The Day

AcceptableJunket Report

Note: this post originally had 58 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

You can donate towards disaster relief and recovery efforts like the Red CrossSt 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.