Australian bushfire - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Australian bushfire


Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Months of drought that have contributed to Australia's catastrophic bushfire season have this week given way to huge downpours in some of the blaze-ravaged areas

A handout photo taken and received on January 17, 2020 from the Australian Reptile Park shows a wet koala at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, some 50 kilometres north of Sydney. Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of blazes remained out of control. Handout / AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PARK / AFP

Australian animals face extinction threat as bushfire toll mounts

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'We are not seeing the amount of animals coming into care or needing rescuing that we would normally anticipate. We think a lot perished in the fires,' says wildlife rescue group WIRES

This photo taken on January 9, 2020 shows volunteer Sarah Price of wildlife rescue group WIRES, who are working to save and rehabilitate animals from the months-long bushfire disaster, taking care of a rescued kangaroo at her house on the outskirts of Sydney. The fires -- common during the summer seasons but growing with intensity and frequency as a result of climate change -- are wiping out huge swathes of habitats in national parks and the bush for animals already weakened from a prolonged drought. SAEED KHAN / AFP

Australia orders evacuation of fire-ravaged towns before heatwave

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:16 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The New South Wales Rural Fire Service declares two 'tourist leave zones' stretching almost 300 kilometers from the town of Nowra along the picturesque coast to neighbouring Victoria state

This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Fire-ravaged Australia has launched a major operation to reach thousands of people stranded in seaside towns after deadly bushfires ripped through popular tourist areas on New Year's Eve. SAEED KHAN / AFP