Incorrect reporting and social media claims about the extent of the fires, its precedents and causes, and matters like funding of fire fighting services have been circulated during the fire season. [81][82][83], A blaze on the South Coast started off at Currowan and travelled up to the coastline after jumping across the Princes Highway, threatening properties around Termeil. Eucalyptus forest. [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. All of the proceeds were split evenly between the NSW Rural Fire Service Association, NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service, and Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Fires would clear land to benefit a high-speed rail project. All the latest maps, news and updates from The Sun. The smoke plume rose to an estimated 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) and developed a pyro-cumulonimbus cloud, becoming a firestorm. [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. [311], On 5 January 2020, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, funded initially with A$2 billion, under the control of former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin. [440] The vice.com website wrote "Research conducted by the Queensland University of Technology showed that Twitter accounts with the characteristics of bots or trolls were spreading disinformation about the responsibility of arsonists and Greens. [202], On 20 February 2020, the huge East Gippsland bushfire that had burned for three months was declared "contained" by Bairnsdale incident controller Brett Mitchell. As the fires continue to wreak havoc in Australia, a number of organizations have mobilized in order to provide aid. [1] Nearly 80 percent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the bushfires. [140] On 10 February 2020, NSW Rural Fire Service announced a torrential rain event over the preceding week had extinguished the Gospers Mountain fire. Fires are also burning in and around Australia’s AZE sites, threatening the very existence of entire species like the Wollemi pine tree and the Corroboree frog. The Snowy complex fire in the far east was the single major remaining fire still burning in Victoria. The fires were fueled by drought, record heat and high winds. [508] Australian stars who were playing in the 2019–20 NBA season collectively donated in excess of A$1 million;[494] and Lewis Hamilton, a Formula One driver, donated US$500,000. [150], The Sydney City fireworks display was allowed to continue with a special exemption from fire authorities, despite protests. [404] In October 2019 David Littleproud, the Australian Minister for Water Resources, stated that he "totally accepts" the link between climate change and drought in Australia, as someone who has experienced it first hand. [466], Soon after, Morrison released a video on behalf of the Liberal Party regarding deployment of military assets to respond to the bushfire crisis, for which he was widely criticised. 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Bushfires in eastern Australia destroyed more than 50 homes and injured 13 firefighters on Wednesday, according to officials. [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. [208] 14 homes were destroyed in the Yeppoon area during mid November 2019. [204], On 7 September 2019 multiple out of control blazes threatened townships across south-eastern and northern Queensland, destroying eleven houses in Beechmont, seven houses in Stanthorpe, and one house at Mareeba. They were heavily supported by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Forestry Corporation of NSW, who hold jurisdiction over national parks and forests across the state. On 19 December 2019 the Gospers Mountain fire impacted on the Darling Causeway between Mount Victoria and Bell, it later jumped the Darling Causeway and impacted the Grose Valley and the fire would be split into two fires: Grose Valley fire and Gospers Mountain fire. [515][516] It prompted some organisations to provide a list of approved and vetted charities online to reduce fraud. [201], On 30 and 31 January 2020, very hot weather occurred in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia that brought high fire danger with several uncontrolled bushfires still burning. The report cited a study by Queensland University of Technology senior lecturer on social network analysis Dr Timothy Graham, who examined content published on the #arsonemergency hashtag on Twitter. Residents and holiday makers were forced to flee to the beaches. Australia has the fourth-largest area of forests in the world for “high biodiversity significance,” shown in purple on the map below. As the impact of the bushfire season spread, the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer family Foundation pledged a further A$4 million to volunteer fire services in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia – all states in which Crown has resorts. [130] Fourteen homes were lost on one street in Bobin. [493], Leonardo DiCaprio donated US$3 million (A$3.4 million) via Earth Alliance;[494] Kylie Jenner, US$1 million; Ellen DeGeneres, A$1.5 million; and donations of A$1 million were received from Sir Elton John and Chris Hemsworth and family. The NSWRFS sent out alerts to people in Killabakh, Upper Lansdowne, Kippaxs, Elands, and Marlee to monitor conditions. So Is the Disinformation Campaign", "Police contradict claims spread online exaggerating arson's role in Australian bushfires", "Jodi McKay says the NSW firefighting budget is facing a $40 million cut. At least 80 percent of the Blue MountainsWorld Heritage area in NSW and 53 percent of the Gondwana world heritage rainforests in Queensland (QLD) were burned. [354] In January 2020, New Zealand also deployed elements of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and New Zealand Army including three NH90 helicopters, two Army combat engineer sections, and a command element. [85] An investigation is underway by the ATSB to determine the cause of the accident. 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[445] Debate and controversy continue to surround previous funding cuts to fire management agencies, with other reports noting recent funding cuts to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is responsible for the planning and enforcement of prescribed burns in NSW national parks. [123] In the Port Macquarie suburb of Crestwood a fire started on 26 October from a dry electrical storm. [178][179] In the Snowy Valleys local government area, by 2 January 2020 the Dunns Road fire had burnt south of the Snowy Mountains Highway in the Ellerslie Range near Kunama. Australia's flora and fauna are adapted to fire through millennia of evolution, under normal conditions. At 11 am AEDT 31 December, fires had begun to approach the vacation town of Lakes Entrance. In June 2019, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service acting director warned of the potential for an early start to the bushfire season which normally starts in August. [362][363][364] as well as advising residents in fire danger zones on their animal evacuation plans. READ MORE: Australia … [296], Fire damaged 500-year-old rock art at Anaiwan in northern New South Wales, with the intense and rapid temperature change of the fires cracking the granite rock. [260][261] By the morning of 28 January the fire had grown to 2,575 hectares (6,360 acres) and was 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the town of Tharwa. While the Bell 214 helicopter was completely destroyed, the pilot walked away with minor injuries. Lighting strikes subsequently started multiple fires in Southwest Tasmania. Many surviving animals have no safe habitat in which to retreat. Regardless of which types of forests are burning, weather generally plays a large role in the severity of fires and how quickly they spread. As of 2 January 2020[update], at least two people died and a woman was missing. 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). Emergency warnings were issued at Lulworth, Bothwell, and Lachlan. [222] Yearly Christmas celebrations at Lobethal were cancelled. Both … There were already 9,360 fire alerts in just the first 10 days of 2020. Nearly half of the world natural heritage Faisha Island forest was burned down. A fire burnt in wilderness areas on the Carrai Plateau west of Kempsey. Water bombers delivered 21 loads in just over an hour before darkness fell, and 150 firefighters on 25 trucks plus bulk water carriers and earthmoving equipment limited the advance of the fire to 18 hectares (44 acres). [367], The Philippine Red Cross pledged to donate $100K to Australia,[368] while various Filipino personalities pledged support for the victims of the bush fires. Global Forest Watch Fires shows that more than 70% of the fires are burning on forested landscapes, mainly different types of Eucalyptus woodlands. [133][134], In late December 2019, fires started on both sides of the Pacific Highway around the Coopernook region. 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. [421] Experts suggested that prescribed burning has been more difficult to achieve given recent trends towards warmer and dryer conditions. Some sources are reporting 48 homes lost in Queensland. [415] The chief executive of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia said bushfire preparations had been "stymied" by the federal government, because "there are people within government who firmly believe there is no such thing as climate change or that human beings don't have an impact upon it, and they are adamant that no extra work or extra effort should ever happen because they don't believe in climate change. [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. [41][84] It was one of eleven large air tankers brought to Australia for the fire season from Canada and US. (CNN) In a grim video posted on Twitter, a man drives into the fire-ravaged town of Batlow, in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). The following day, after worsening conditions, the fire was upgraded to an emergency warning and began to threaten homes in the local community. [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. In December 2019, Australia had been ranked worst in terms of policy, and sixth worst overall, out of 57 countries assessed on the Climate Change Performance Index, with the Morrison government labelled "an increasingly regressive force. Over the following days as the fire continued to progress to the south east, both Yerrinbool and Hill Top were threatened by the fire. The ten-point plan for the next ten years foresees to grow 1.56 billion new trees and save 780 million trees. [citation needed] On the same day, a fire broke out in the Plenty Gorge Parklands, situated in Melbourne's northern suburbs between Bundoora, Mill Park, South Morang, Greensborough and Plenty. [citation needed], On 6 December a house fire broke out in Bundamba and quickly spread to nearby bushland and was placed under a watch and act alert by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that afternoon. The tornado then impacted a crew of firefighters working to protect a property, flipping their tanker over and trapping the crew inside, who were then overrun by fire. Firefighters from other parts of the US also helped with the fires.,[376][377][378] On 23 January, three US firefighters died in the crash of a C-130 fire fighting aircraft, north east of Cooma in New South Wales.[379]. They burnt 278 hectares (687 acres) before they were brought under control. [255], On 22 January 2020 a bushfire started in Pialligo Redwood Forest; it reached emergency level, threatening Beard and Oaks Estate. [355] A specialist six person animal disaster response team were deployed by non-profit Animal Evac New Zealand[356] on 8 January to New South Wales,[357] assisting with wildlife rescue and supported by SAFE. [310] On 4 January 2020, it announced that it would lease four waterbombing planes including two long-range DC-10s and two medium-range for use by state and territory governments. [238][239], Between 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020, as a result of a lightning strike,[240] a fire tore through 40,000 hectares (99,000 acres) of land in Stirling Range National Park in the southwest of the state, burning more than half of the park. [91], The Gospers Mountain fire was the largest forest fire ever recorded in Australia, burning more than 500,000 hectares. An intense heat wave returned to Australia's south and east on Tuesday, the first day of the southern hemisphere summer, raising risks of bush fires … [citation needed] The fire moved south-east towards the populated areas of the Southern Highlands and impacted the townships of Balmoral, Buxton, Bargo, Couridjah and Tahmoor in far south-western Sydney. [285][286] Though bushfires are not uncommon in Australia, they are usually of a lower scale and intensity that only affect small parts of the overall distribution of where species live. They are among the most fire-prone forests on Earth – but in normal years of heat and drought, fires are kept in check by damp gullies and south-facing slopes that hinder the spread of fire and reduce the … [293] A quarter of the beehives of the Ligurian honey bees that inhabited the Island were believed to have been destroyed. One home was destroyed. Photo by Matthias Appel/Flickr. [485], The term black summer has become a common term for the 2019–20 bushfire season, for example, the Australian Red Cross uses this phrase as a blanket term for the fires. Eucalyptus trees are naturally more flammable than many other species, and bushfires in Australia are part of the natural ecology. Canberra Airport was closed for a day. [224], Another emergency warning was issued on 3 January for a fire near Kersbrook. [244], In late October 2019, four bushfires were burning near Scamander, Elderslie, and Lachlan. SA Power Networks disconnected power to the town. The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season,[a] colloquially known as the Black Summer,[13][16] was a period of unusually intense bushfires in many parts of Australia. [205] On the following day the heritage-listed lodge and cabins at the iconic Australian nature-based Binna Burra Lodge were destroyed in the bushfire that consumed residential houses in Beechmont the previous day. [456], Further controversy has surrounded Prime Minister Scott Morrison for taking an overseas family holiday to Hawaii, United States, during the bushfires. The small community of Caparra lost fourteen homes in a few hours as the bushfire continued towards the small village of Bobin, where numerous homes and the Bobin Public School were destroyed in the fire. Due to heavy fuel loads and erratic weather conditions, the backburn quickly grew out of control, threatening houses in Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine. Additional local firefighting resources were also used from agencies such as Air Services Australia and Sydney Trains. [281], Prof. Chris Dickman, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science from the University of Sydney, estimated on 8 January 2020 that more than one billion animals were killed by bushfires in Australia; while more than 800 million animals perished in New South Wales. [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. [151] Despite warnings from authorities, numerous fires were sparked across Sydney as a result of illegal fireworks, including a blaze which threatened properties at Cecil Hills in Sydney's south west. [279] On 5 January 2020, more smoke wafted over the North Island, turning the sky in Auckland orange. In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the national capital Canberra was blanketed by thick bushfire smoke on New Year's Day from bushfires burning nearby in New South Wales. [25] The cost of dealing with the bushfires is expected to exceed the A$4.4 billion of the 2009 Black Saturday fires,[26] and tourism sector revenues fell by more than A$1 billion. [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. The fires have burned across the country in recent months, affecting four out of six states. Land around Nowendoc and Yarrowich was also burnt. [492] The Murdoch family donated A$5 million; the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, A$1.5 million;[493] and donations of A$1 million each were received from the Pratt Foundation, John and Pauline Gandel, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Scott Farquhar, and the Haines and the Perich families. [citation needed], At Hillville, a fire grew large due to hot and windy conditions, resulting in disorder in the nearby town of Taree, to the north. [109][110] Greg Mullins, the second-longest serving fire and rescue commissioner in New South Wales and now a councillor with the Climate Council, said he thought the coming summer was going to be "the worst I have ever seen" for fire crews, and renewed his calls for the government to take urgent action to address climate change and stop Australia's rising emissions. Residents in Bawley Point,[162] Kioloa, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach, Durras North and Pretty Beach were told to either evacuate to Batemans Bay or Ulladulla or stay to protect their property. [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. [37] Reinforcements from all over Australia were called in to assist fighting the fires and relieve exhausted local crews in New South Wales. [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. The 1974–75 bushfire season burnt over 100 million hectares (250 million acres), but there are different figures reported: The 2004 National Inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management reported a total of 102 million hectares (250 million acres), This page was last edited on 6 December 2020, at 03:59. [167][168] On 2 February 2020 in the Bega Valley, the 177,000-hectare (437,377-acre) Border fire pushed north, while three other bushfires in the south-west had merged into one. Lets take a look at the current state of Australia’s forest fires and what is being done to combat them. [188], On 21 November 2019, lightning strikes ignited a series of fires in East Gippsland, initially endangering the communities of Buchan, Buchan South and Sunny Point. [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. [494][504], Tennis players, led by Nick Kyrgios, pledged to donate money for every ace served during the Australian summer of tennis. [266], The Northern Territory went through a relatively average annual bushfire season with respect to area of land burnt, in comparison to the scale of bushfires witnessed in other areas of Australia. [115][117] In the week preceding 10 February 2020, a wide band of heavy rain swept through most of coastal New South Wales, extinguishing a significant number of fires; it left 33 active fires, of which five were uncontrolled, all located in the Bega Valley and Snowy Mountains regions. [38], On 31 December 2019, the Defence Minister announced the ADF would provide assistance to East Gippsland, in particular the isolated high-fire-risk town of Mallacoota, deploying helicopters including a CH-47 Chinook and C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft to be based at RAAF Base East Sale and two naval vessels, HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore, with the vessels also able to assist in south-east New South Wales if required. [113], The NSW statutory Bush Fire Danger Period normally begins on 1 October and continues through until 31 March. There were concerns for the future of threatened wildlife, such as glossy black cockatoos, Kangaroo Island dunnarts, and koalas. Sign up for the weekly WRI Digest. [245][246] On 20 December 2019, a fire was started in the north east, which spread to 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) and destroyed one home; a man was charged with starting the fire. 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. However, factors such as climate trends, weather patterns and vegetation management by humans can all contribute to the intensity of bushfire seasons, and the most destructive fires in Australian history have usually been preceded by extreme high temperatures, low relative humidity and strong winds, which combine to create ideal conditions for the rapid spread of fire. As of 13 December 2019[update], the emergency warning area stretched from Yanchep north to Lancelin over 40 km (25 mi) away. Hilly/mountainous fires burn in areas which are usually densely forested. Boreal forest, peat bogs and tundra all have higher concentrations of carbon which spew even more CO2 into the atmosphere when burned. The fire was believed to have started from a sparking electrical transformer. 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