The Australian Fire Crisis

Satya Baca-Gomberg, Staff Writer

Even though bushfires are very common in Australia year round, this year the fires are incomparable to any other, with deaths higher than ever before. According to an article posted by ‘The Guardian’ on Jan. 4, of this year, 23 people have died in the fires and six are still missing. ‘NBC News’ estimated that more than 1 billion animals have died in the fire in an article posted on Jan. 10 of this year. 

The first documented fire that seemed to start this bushfire trend was all the way back in 1983. 

The burnt acres are equivalent to the size of Vermont and New Hampshire, with 15 million acres currently on fire. This whole phenomenon is blowing the world away. The fact that this fire is unstoppable gives a panic for Australia. 

The bushfires have a trend that start back in 1851, according to an article published by ‘The Atlantic,’ but the first bushfire was on February 16th 1983.

Bushfires, which usually follow month long droughts are an annual issue in Australia.

According to an article published by ‘NPR’ on Jan. 6, 2020,  a $1.4 billion bushfire recovery fund has been created to help Australian residents recover from their devastating losses.

Now that the  issue has the spotlight, the question begs, what can Australia and the world do to put out the flame on this terrible crisis?