AUSTRALIA is in the midst of a crisis, with fires spreading on an unprecedented scale through New South Wales and Queensland. So why have the Australia bushfires been so bad this year?
Deadly bushfires continue to rage across Australia. Three people have died in the blazes, and hundreds of properties have been razed to the ground. Express.co.uk spoke to an expert about the factors contributing to the cause of the fires.
While bushfires are common every year in Australia, the intense fires currently being witnessed have occurred very early in the bushfire season.
This year, some of the fires have been classed as ‘catastrophic’.
The ‘catastrophic’ fire rating was introduced in Australia in 2009, following the devastating Black Saturday fires which killed 173 people.
Earlier this week, officials extended catastrophic ratings to cover the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra Shoalhaven areas.
Officials have said the current intensity of the fires has not been seen before on such a scale.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, said the state of NSW had faced “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen”.
So, why has this year’s Australian bushfire season been so bad?