Shane Warne and Jeff Thomson, retired Australian cricketers, donated their baggy green Test cricket caps and Thomson also donated a playing vest for online auction. Chief Minister Andrew Barr described the fire as the biggest threat to Canberra since the 2003 Canberra bushfires. As of 14 January 2020[update], 18.626 million hectares (46.03 million acres) was burnt or is burning across all Australian states and territories.  Experts suggested that prescribed burning has been more difficult to achieve given recent trends towards warmer and dryer conditions. The ten-point plan for the next ten years foresees to grow 1.56 billion new trees and save 780 million trees.  Reaching the crash site proved difficult due to the active bushfires in the area. NSW was again badly affected, and three people killed, however the fires were mainly in sparsely populated inland areas. And summer is far from over. , A large fire impacted the Peregian Beach area on 9 September, on the Sunshine Coast, severely damaging ten houses. Here's what we found", "Nearly 3 billion animals killed or displaced by Australia fires", "A billion animals have been caught in Australia's fires. , On 24 January, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons announced a state memorial for people impacted by the bushfires in New South Wales, which was held on 23 February at Sydney Olympic Park. , Throughout the crisis, many people primarily blamed climate change, in agreement with the scientific community, using the event to criticise the government on climate policy.  On 3 January 2020, HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore evacuated civilians from Mallacoota bound for Westernport.  In 2019–20, the fire season started early with drought affecting 95 percent of the state and persistent dry and warm conditions across the state. The number of people killed as a result of the fires since September 2019 is higher than in recent years. The amount of land affected across the country - more than 10 million hectares - is now comparable to England's land area of 13 million hectares. The result was extreme, the wind was described by crews on the ground as in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph), with spot fires starting over 5 km (3.1 mi) ahead of the main fire front. The centrepiece of the precinct, Jenolan Caves House, was saved. Australian authorities are launching naval and air rescue operations as deadly wildfires intensify, stranding residents and tourists in towns that may be wiped out by Saturday. , The Gospers Mountain fire was the largest forest fire ever recorded in Australia, burning more than 500,000 hectares. An elderly woman had been travelling from Brisbane to Canberra by plane, when she exited the plane onto the smoke-flooded tarmac, she suffered respiratory distress and then died.  On 1 January 2020, the ADF deployed additional military staff establishing the Victorian Joint Task Force 646 (Army Reserve 4th Brigade) and the following day the New South Wales Joint Task Force 1110 (Army Reserve 5th Brigade). Bush fires themselves can also drive thunderstorms, increasing the risk of lightning strikes and further fires. SA Power Networks disconnected power to the town.  On 5 January 2020, more smoke wafted over the North Island, turning the sky in Auckland orange. , The first day of two-day cricket tour match between a Victoria XI and New Zealand in Melbourne was cancelled due to extreme heat conditions. Firefighters undertook backburning around the town whilst helicopters and fixed wing aircraft worked to control the spread of the fire.  Furthermore, the amount of prescribed burning in southeastern Australia has been stated to have increased in recent years, following the recommendation for increased prescribed burning from the 2009 Black Saturday Royal Commission. , The two primary firefighting agencies for New South Wales, Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service, formed the bulk of the primary response to the fires, mobilising thousands of firefighters and several hundred firefighting vehicles. Most of the 44 fires sparked by dry lighting were quickly dealt with by firefighters.  At midday on 31 January, Barr declared a state of emergency for the ACT, the first time such action had occurred since the 2003 fires.  The vice.com website wrote "Research conducted by the Queensland University of Technology showed that Twitter accounts with the characteristics of bots or trolls were spreading disinformation about the responsibility of arsonists and Greens.  Photographs of previous Australian bushfires were also being wrongly published as current and maps that exaggerate the extent of the fires, or include both past and present fires. On 21 December, a catastrophic day, the Grose Valley fire impacted Mount Victoria, Blackheath, Bell, Clarence, Dargan and Bilpin with resultant destruction of dozens of homes. The number of "extreme" fire danger days generally increases 5–25% by 2020 for the low scenarios and 15–65% for the high scenarios. , On 30 December 2019 weather conditions drastically deteriorated across the south-eastern areas of the state, with major fires breaking out and escalating in the Dampier State Forest, Deua River Valley, Badja, Bemboka, Wyndham, Talmalolma and Ellerslie, hampering firefighters already stretched by the Currowan, Palerang and Clyde Mountain fires. 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