Last updated October 15, 2021

Australia Bushfire Season 2019-2020


The catastrophic and unprecedented 2019–20 Australian bushfire season burned an estimated 48 million acres, destroyed more than 5,900 homes and other structures, and killed at least 34 people and an estimated 1 billion animals.[1]

Australia has seen a long-term increase in the risk of fires and a lengthening bushfire season due to climate change, particularly in the southeast, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Winter rainfall has been decreasing in the southeast, while the country has been becoming hotter with more extreme heatwaves — ideal conditions for bushfires.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Global Warming
Large Scale Global Circulation Change
Land Surface Temperature Increase
Atmospheric Blocking Increase
Air Mass Temperature Increase
Land Surface Drying Increase
Extreme Heat and Heat Waves
Drought Risk Increase
Wildfire Risk Increase
Australia Bushfire Season 2019-2020