The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season, known as the Black Summer, was a period of intense bushfires in many parts of Australia.

We look back at the stats of the devastating black summer bushfire season:

People and homes

  • Sadly, 33 people lost their lives as a result of the Black Summer bushfires, including 9 firefighters
  • 3094 houses destroyed
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The bushfire season destroyed thousands of homes.

Wildlife and Landscapes

  • Over one billion mammals, birds and reptiles died in the fires. Sadly, some species are now extinct due to the fires.
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Billions of Australian wildlife suffered in bushfires.

  • Around 17 million hectares of the land burned
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Satellite images show how far the fires spread.

Help and Support

  • Over 20 countries offered to help and assist with the black summer bushfires. Including, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Western Cape and South Africa
  • For the first time in the country’s history the Australian Defence Force deployed 3,000 personnel to help as part of Operation Bushfire Assist. During the operation they helped to:
    • clear and repair:
      • 4,848 km of roads
      • 1,287 km of fencing
      • 240 km of firebreaks
    • purify:
      • 3.9 million litres of water on Kangaroo Island
      • 6.1 million litres of water at Bega
    • provide:
      • over 77,262 meals to emergency services staff and locals
    • deliver:
      • 5.4 million litres of water
      • 73,300 litres of fuel and
      • 1.3 million kilograms of food for livestock
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2019/2020 Operation Bushfire Assist

  • A total of 6380 firefighter & volunteer firefighters fought the fires and gave on the ground support
Australia black summer bushfires

Firefighters and volunteer firefighters battle out of control bushfires.

The Recovery

Sadly, most local businesses affected by the black summer bushfires have taken a long time to rebuild. Yet, the friendship and support between the locals and the help that came is heart-warming. It’s a comfort to know the Australian spirit will rebuild businesses better than ever.

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