Evacuees board the Royal Australian Navy’s MV Sycamore on January 3 in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. Navy ships plucked hundreds of people from beaches and tens of thousands were urged to flee before hot weather and strong winds in the forecast worsen Australia’s already devastating wildfires.
Massive smoke rises from wildfires burning in East Gippsland, Victoria on January 2.
Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage on January 2 behind Lake Conjola.
Cars line up as people evacuate the town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 2.
A satellite image released by Copernicus Sentinel dated December 31 shows bushfires burning across Australia.
A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola, Australia, on December 31.
A man tries to defend a property in Lake Conjola on December 31.
Firefighters hose down trees as they battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales on December 31, 2019. Thousands of holidaymakers and locals were forced to flee to beaches in fire-ravaged southeast Australia on December 31, as blazes ripped through popular tourist areas leaving no escape by land.
A burnt-out residence is seen in Sarsfield, East Gippsland, Victoria, on December 31.
Children evacuated from areas affected by bushfires play at the showgrounds in the southern New South Wales town of Bega on December 31.
A skycrane drops water on a bushfire burning near houses in Bundoora, Melbourne, on Monday, December 30.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured this satellite image of the historic bushfires burning across Australia on December 26.
A firefighter battles the Gospers Mountain Fire in Bilpin, New South Wales, on Saturday, December 21.
A charred bicycle lies on the ground in front of a house destroyed by bushfires on the outskirts of Bargo on December 21.
Fire and rescue personnel monitor a bushfire as it burns near homes on the outskirts of Bilpin on Thursday, December 19.
A property burns in Balmoral on December 19.
A helicopter drops fire-retardant to protect a property in Balmoral.
Police disperse demonstrators during a climate protest near Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s official residence in Sydney, on December 19, during his absence on an overseas holiday, as bushfires burned across the region.
Children swing into the Penrith river during a heatwave in Sydney on December 19.
A landscape of burnt trees is pictured after a bushfire at Mount Weison, in the Blue Mountains, on Wednesday, December 18.
A wallaby flees a fire burning near Mangrove Mountain, north of Sydney, on December 10.
A smoke haze blankets Bondi Beach as the air quality index reaches higher than ten times hazardous levels in some suburbs of Sydney on December 10.
People join a guided climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as bushfire haze darkens the sky on December 6.
People are seen wearing face masks to protect against the poor air quality in Sydney on December 5.
A bushfire burns out of control in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales on December 2,
An aerial view shows bushfires burning in the Richmond Valley on November 26.
A CFA crew member rests after a day of maintaining controlled back burns in St Albans, Australia, on November 21.
Firefighters try to protect the Colo Heights Public School on November 19.
Bushfire smoke clouds the sky over the Hawkesbury River in Brooklyn, Australia.
Firefighters work on controlled back burns on November 14.
This satellite image shows wildfire smoke on November 14.
A man uses a wet towel to help put out flames near the town of Taree on November 14.
Firefighters organize their crews prior to working on controlled back burns in Sydney on November 14.
Warren Smith pats his dog after returning to find his house destroyed near Nana Glen on November 13.
Teresa de Ruyter, left, and Michelle Wilson embrace after returning to their homes near Nana Glen on November 13.
Firefighters battle a spot fire in Hillville on November 13.
Residents look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires near Nana Glen on November 12.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks at a screen as he gets a briefing on the bushfire situation on November 12.
Locals watch the fires impact farmland near Nana Glen on November 12.
A firefighter mops up after a bushfire in the Sydney suburb of Llandilo on November 12.
A fire and rescue team inspects damage around the village of Torrington on November 11.
Andrew Mackenzie surveys the damage to the area around his home in Torrington. His home was spared, but his neighbors’ house was burned to the ground.
Smoke from the Gulf Road Fire fills the air in Glen Innes on November 11.
A sign on a Taree fire station warns of “catastrophic” fire conditions.
A lone joey is pictured on a scorched patch of ground in Torrington on November 11.
Emergency crews tend to animals on a property in Torrington on November 11.
Burnt trees dot the landscape in Old Bar on November 10.
A firefighter works to contain a bushfire near Taree on November 10.
A helicopter drops water on a bushfire in Old Bar on November 9.
This aerial photo, taken on November 9, shows bushfires in the northeastern part New South Wales.
Fires burn in the distance as children play on a beach in Forster on November 9.
A fire rages in Bobin on November 9.
The remains of a property are seen in Bobin on November 9.
A plane drops fire retardant on a bushfire in Harrington on November 8.
Firefighters try to put out a bushfire in Woodford on November 8.
Police knock on the door of a house to warn residents of an out-of-control bushfire near Clumber on November 8.
A resident hoses smoldering logs as a bushfire burns in Woodford on November 8.
The sun is seen through heavy smoke as a bushfire burns in Woodford.
Firefighters hose down an area in Woodford.
Forster residents watch as a water-bombing helicopter flies over a bushfire on November 7.
In this handout photo from NASA’s Aqua satellite, destructive bushfires are seen off the coast of New South Wales on November 7.