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According to the University of Sydney, nearly 1 Billion animals are feared dead as a direct and indirect result of the fires that have been catastrophic across the continent. The fires have been ongoing for several months, having been ignited for various reasons but exacerbated by climate change including extended drought. Strong winds and record- high temperatures are making battling the blazes difficult.

Around 20 million acres have burned across the country with New South Wales being hit the hardest. At least 25 deaths have occurred including several firefighters. 1,000 homes have also burned in the fires. Fire season in the region is nearing its midway point, this problem has a long way to go before it’s over.

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