Saturday, September 19, 2020

Blue Ridge Reacts to Australia Wildfires

By: Elliot Maginley/Senior Writer

Australia is being devoured by the worst wildfires seen in decades. The fire began in late July and Australia has been devastated. The fires have destroyed brush-lands, wooded areas, and National Parks. Natural causes are to blame most of the time and most people even blaming climate change. But, New South Wales police have charged over 24 people with “deliberately starting bush-fires”. I asked a few students and teachers from Blue Ridge High school if they know anything about the wildfires and their feelings about the whole situation.

Brian Lewis – “Killed close to 1 billion animals, the ecosystem will be off-balanced. Fire is up to or has big as Indiana”

Fact: 480 million animals have died from the brush fires, scientists fear long-term damage to many sensitive ecosystems, and dated on January 7 approximately 32,400 square miles have been burned down equivalent to an area just a little smaller than Indiana.

Ms. Pauly – “People and animals have lost their homes. There also has been celebrities who have donated money for disaster relief.”

Fact: Over 1,000 homes have been destroyed and over. Also, nearly 500 million animals have been lost in the wildfires. Many celebrities have donated to Australia in relief of the wildfires. One celebrity, Chris Hemsworth donates $1 million to help firefighters.

Clayton – “180 people arrested for arson.”

Fact: New South Wales police reported on Jan. 6 that it has taken “legal action” against 183 people for bushfire-related offenses since Nov. 8.

Mr. Oliver – “Many people are trying to save wildlife. The intense heat was causing thunderstorms during a volcanic eruption. Russel Crow has a fire truck on his ranch and could not accept his award because he was fighting the fire.”

Fact: Thousand of volunteers, Russel Crowe did not go to the Golden Globes because he was protecting his family from the Australia wildfires.

Just recently three United States firefighters were killed when an Australian water tanker plane crashes into the mountains. The world is watching Australia and is devastated by the events occurring. 

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Elliot Maginley is a first year senior journalism writer.


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