The massive Australian wildfires are raging out of control. The loss of life is staggering and the loss of wildlife is of biblical proportions. We've heard reports of up to a half-billion animals displaced, wounded, or killed by the devastating fires. PBS reports up to 8,000 koalas bears are feared dead.

We may feel we're not able to help in Sioux Falls. After all, the fires are raging nearly 9,000 miles away. But there are a few ways to help. Donate to any of these reputable organizations:

The Australian Red Cross

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Salvation Army Australia

Save the Koala Go Fund Me page

WIRES Wildlife Rescue

To make sure any organization is legit ( because, yes, we have to worry about that in this day and age) go to Give.org to make sure it's authentic.

In a sadly related note - even though heat, dry climate, and the wind has a direct impact on the fire, police have charged at least 24 people for intentionally starting bushfires in New South Wales.

sources: PBS and Fox59

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