Horrific Wildfires take over Australia


By Kaitlyn Rodriguez, Staff Writer

On December 7, 2019 major bush fires struck Southern Wales with temperatures reaching up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit with winds up to 60 kilometers per hour. The fires spread over 18 million acres of land and is still burning with about 100 fires today. Satellite images show the smoke from the fires moving around the globe increasing the effects of global warming.

These extreme wildfires caused over 100 plants, animals, and insects to become extinct or endangered. Over 1 billion animals have been killed due to these fires. Not only were the wildlife effected, but about 28 people have died, along with over 3,000 houses destroyed.

In Australia, fire season start in July because the atmosphere becomes very hot and dry. With these factors in mind, there are a number of reasons why these fires could have started. For example, without harming insects, animals or the trees and canopies,  small scale fires would usually be set in order to clear the land of excess debris. Other weather contributes include lightning strikes, droughts, and excessive heat waves. Furthermore, 24 people charged for deliberately starting bush fires. As a result the Southern Wales fires still burn today. On the other hand, according to The Guardian, blazes have been downgraded after significant rain but with high fire dangers forecast, the crisis is not over.