Unprecedented bushfires raging in eastern Australia have killed at least four people and devastated wildlife in the region, killing hundreds of koalas and burning through their colonies so badly the animals may land on the endangered species list.
More than 100 fires racing through New South Wales and Queensland have destroyed more than 300 homes and forced thousands to evacuate.
The fires also ripped through a major koala colony in the Lake Innes Nature Reserve, once home to about 600 koalas, and continued to spread to other koala habitats as well.
As many as 350 koalas are also estimated to have died in fires at the Lake Innes Nature Reserve in New South Wales, according to Koala Conservation Australia President Sue Ashton, who said the animals have been ‘burnt to ashes in the trees’.
“We are very, very concerned,” Ashton said. “If the wind picks up, we could lose even more habitat and more koalas. It’s just so unpredictable – we don’t know what will happen.”
At the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, more than a dozen of the furry creatures were treated for burns, mostly singed hands and feet, said Clinical Director Cheyne Flanagan.
Hundreds have died, she said.
“We crunched the numbers up to 350, but these fires have gotten worse, and the numbers are probably higher,” Flanagan said. “We are not finding bodies because they are incinerating to ash.”
Flanagan said the fires will probably result in koalas needing the protection of the endangered species list. “It’s a national tragedy,” she said.
Extreme heat, drought, and wildfires are becoming more acute in the world as signs of the nearing Biblical Prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Revelation 16) fulfillment.
These events and conditions happening now are signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
Preparing those Biblically born again into the Kingdom of God to be ready to escape all the things that will come to pass, in the wrath of the tribulation of Revelation prophecy, that comes upon the world of disobedience. As the born again Church is not appointed unto wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10) but instead to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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