New South Wales (NSW) has declared a week-long state emergency as fires continue to spread across Australia.
To date, 18 people have tragically lose their lives due to the bushfires since September while at least 17 others remain missing – and with high temperatures and strong winds predicted over the next few days, authorities have warned of “widespread extreme fire danger”.
Killer fires are continuing to ravage Australia as 2020 begins. Images and videos just become more apocalytic everyday. It’s hell on Earth! This article features the evolution of these devastating fires from September to now.
Its’ burning everywhere in Australia
New South Wales’ state of emergency will come into force on Friday morning (21:00 GMT Thursday) and will stay in place for the following seven days.
Local authorities will be carrying out forced evacuations while tourists have been warned to leave the area before Saturday.
The fires this week alone have destroyed 381 homes in NSW and an additional 43 in Victoria, with numbers expected to rise.
This map shows where the fires in Australia currently are:
Elsewhere, the huge fires have affected all states, even the island of Tasmania.
Parts of South Australia have been warned of extreme conditions on Friday while two regions of Western Australia will see catastrophic fire dancer today (Thursday).
Australia bushfires: What has happened so far?
The first day of the year saw Aussies face a “humanitarian crisis” as food, water and fuel began to run out while bushfires continued to spread.
On January 2 it was announced that the state of NSW declared a week-long state of emergency as high temperatures and strong winds are set for the following few days, fuelling the deadly blazes across the state.
On December 11, the Rural Fire Service confirmed that 724 homes, 49 facilities and 1582 outbuildings had been destroyed in NSW.
On December 19, five hero firefighters were injured when their tanker was overrun by fire. On the same day two volunteer firefighters were tragically killed after a tree fell on their vehicle.
In the run up to Christmas, cars melted, homes flattened and hundreds of Australians faced a homeless festive season.
In more devastating news, it was revealed 30 per cent of koala habitat had been destroyed and experts warned the marsupials could become extinct.
Throughout November, 1,228,050 acres of land was destroyed in a bushfire at a national park in NSW.
The country saw terrifying apocalyptic scenes as families were trapped inside their homes and skies turned red in November.
In Queensland, 49,000 acres and six homes were destroyed on November 11.
And on the same day in South Australia authorities warned of an “uncontrolled” blaze heading towards homes in the area. The following day, Sydney said they were braced for “catastrophe” and Russell Crowe’s mansion came under threat.
On November 13, a terrifying 600 mile wide wall of flames swept across NSW.
On November 19, Sydney was left “trapped” inside a thick cloud of smoke with dozens of people treated for asthma and breathing problems.
On November 20, a huge blaze broke out on Yorke peninsula, aircraft were scrambled to water bomb the blaze as it crept closer to two local towns.
On 21 November, lightning strikes ignited a series of fires in Victoria.
In south-east New South Wales, late October saw the start of a number of bushfires in remote woodland. These blazes raged on, eventually becoming one massive inferno, dubbed the Wattle Creek Fire.
Several fires also broke out across Tasmania during the month.
October 30 brought heartbreaking news that hundreds of koalas were thought to have been burned alive as fires swept through an important koala breeding ground.
On September 6, northern areas in New South Wales began experiencing bushfires. The blaze carried through until October, tragically killing two.
The following day, on September 7 a number of out of control blazes threatened townships across South Eastern and Northern Queensland, destroying several homes.
On September 8, a historic lodge in the Gold Coast that had stood for 86 years was destroyed in the fires, which had previously razed several homes. [Sun]