Australia is on fire, and it's bigger than you think. 12.35 million acres of land have been burned by bushfire so far. That's almost twice the size of Belgium and three times more land in the 2018 California fires and Brazil's 2019 Amazon fire combined. Flames have reportedly reached 70 meters high—that's taller than the Sydney Opera House.
澳洲野火肆虐，延燒範圍超乎想像。目前野火已經燒毀 1,235 萬英畝的土地。這相當於比利時土地面積的兩倍、2018 年加州大火加上 2019 巴西亞馬遜大火焚燒面積的三倍以上。據稱，野火燃燒高度高達七十公尺－－比雪梨歌劇院還要高。
At least 19 people have been killed, and more than 1,400 homes have been destroyed. Residents and tourists have been forced to relocate.
至少有 19 名民眾在野火中喪生，超過 1,400 個家庭被燒毀。居民和遊客都被迫遷移。
Just get out while we can.
Nearly 500 million animals have died in New South Wales alone.
The fires aren't just in one location; they're raging everywhere across the country. So, what ignited this deadly crisis?
Well, bushfire season is nothing new in Australia, but this summer has been one of the hottest and driest in the country's history. Since September, the combination of drought, unprecedented heat waves, and strong gusty winds has created a recipe for disastrous fire conditions. On top of that, the smoke from bushfires generates its own weather, sparking thunderstorms with lightning and strong winds, which create even more wildfires.
Scientists have been predicting such extreme weather for years, warning that bushfires will become even more frequent as climate change worsens. Although the weather has cooled slightly in parts of Australia, authorities say with months of summer left, the worst is yet to come.