How Big Is Australia Fire? As of 28 October 2020, the fires burnt an estimated 24.3–33.8 million hectares (60–84 million acres; 243,000–338,000 square kilometres; 94,000–131,000 square miles), destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including 2,779 homes) and killed at least 34 people.
Is the Australia Fire bigger than California? Five of the 10 biggest fires in Californian history have occurred this season, according to Cal Fire. Almost 3 million hectares have burnt across the US this year, compared to the 5.7 million hectares of eucalyptus forest estimated to have burned in Australia’s 2019–20 fire season — now known as Black Summer.
What percent of Australia is on fire? Research published in a special edition of Nature Climate Change focused on the bushfire crisis finds that 21% of the total area covered by Australian forests – excluding Tasmania – has burnt so far in the 2019-20 bushfire season.
When was the biggest fire in Australia?
In the summer of 1974-1975 (southern hemisphere), Australia suffered its worst recorded bushfire, when 15% of Australia’s land mass suffered “extensive fire damage”. Fires that summer burnt an estimated 117 million hectares (290 million acres; 1,170,000 square kilometres; 450,000 square miles).
Is the Amazon rainforest still on fire?
It’s not looking good so far: More than 1,000 large fires have burned across the rainforest since January. Experts say this year is on track to be as bad as 2020, when fires razed more than 19 million acres of the world’s largest tropical forest.