COLO HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 15: A kangaroo escapes the fire as the fire front approaches a property on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions – the highest possible level of bushfire danger – in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

We don’t need to tell you how bad the bushfire crisis has gotten – you know, you’re likely there, you’re likely inhaling smoke with every breath.

But in summary, around 500 million animals are estimated to have died, the human death toll currently sits at 18, more than 1,200 homes have been already been destroyed and over 13.5 million acres of land.

The fires are categorically worse than both those which ravaged the Amazon rainforest and the recent Californian wildfires and the smoke is now reaching over 2,000kms to New Zealand.

The crisis is worsening by the day and the fires are estimated to continue for months.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 21: Two bushfires approach a home located on the outskirts of the town of Bargo on December 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. A catastrophic fire danger warning has been issued for the greater Sydney region, the Illawarra and southern ranges as hot, windy conditions continue to hamper firefighting efforts across NSW. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency on Thursday, the second state of emergency declared in NSW since the start of the bushfire season. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)

Below, all of the ways you can help.

1. Donate to The Australian Red Cross

The Red Cross has volunteers at evacuation and recovery centres.

2. Donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service 

You can aid the firefighters and volunteers fighting the blazes at the frontline by donating to the NSW Rural Fire Service. In just over 24 hours, Comedian Celeste Barber raised $14.8m.

To donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service, click here.

3. Donate to the Salvation Army Australia

The Salvation Army launched a disaster appeal, providing shelter and meals to evacuees and front-line responders.

To donate to the Salvation Army Australia, click here.

4. Donate to St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia

The charity is requesting money to help evacuated families cover bills and rebuild.

To donate to St. Vincent de Paul Society, click here.

5. Donate to WIRES

To help the hurt and displaced animals, donate to WIRES.

6. List your spare room or home on Airbnb Open Home

For those who have lost their homes or had to evacuate in either NSW or Victoria, Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program, which means residents in the area can list their properties or spare rooms so that displaced families will have a place to stay for free.

List your home or find a place to stay here.

7. Write to the government 

You can also personally write to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ask for urgent action on climate change and more support for those who need it.

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