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Bushfire at Hallidays Point in NSW © Martin Von Stoll

Bushfire emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in NSW. When the fires clear, we will need to restore what has been lost.

Bushfire at Hallidays Point in NSW © Martin Von Stoll

A state of emergency has been declared in NSW as we face some of the most dangerous and catastrophic bushfires our nation has ever seen. We’re also seeing fires raging in Queensland. 

WWF are greatly saddened by the loss of life and homes, as well as the injuries suffered in the bushfires.
 
 In NSW  alone we’ve seen almost one million hectares burnt already. And while trees burn, our wildlife also suffers. It’s been estimated that as many as 350 NSW koalas have perished in these fires, many more are injured and countless are now homeless.

The catastrophic megafires are worsening the extinction crisis we’re already facing.

The majority of koalas on Australia’s east coast live within the “Koala Triangle,” a region where the species could be extinct in as little as 30 years. Fires are raging through this area, potentially accelerating this timeline.

When the fires clear, we will need to restore what has been lost.


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Infographic of bushfires in critical koala habitat

 

This map is a representation only. These fires are a threat to people, as well as koalas. Please check the NSW RFS website for updated fire warnings, and stay safe.

Sleeping koala in tree © Jordan Whitt

Help Save Koalas

When the fires clear, help us restore homes for koalas.

Help wildlife

It’s been estimated that as many as 350 NSW koalas have already perished in these fires, and the outlook for the next few days is not looking good. These fires are a threat to people, as well as our wildlife.
Please check NSW Rural Fire Service for updates. We hope that everyone stays safe.
If you find injured wildlife in need of help, please contact your local wildlife rescue service or WIRES: 1300 094 737


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NSW state of emergency WIRES

Impact of climate change on bushfire


Climate change does not cause bushfires, but it does make them worse.

Weather is a major factor - we’ve been experiencing more frequent intense heatwaves and prolonged dry periods that have created tinder box conditions.


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NSW Rural Fire Service fighting Red October 2013 fires © James Manning / WWF-Aus

URGENT: Bushfires are burning across critical koala habitat and a large number of koalas are believed to have perished across key sites such as Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast Hinterland. Many others will have been left homeless and likely suffering from smoke inhalation or burns.
Your support is needed to help restore homes and care for injured wildlife.

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