Australia is currently facing the worst bushfire season on record, with over seven million hectares having been burned.
So far, 23 people have been killed and half a billion animals have perished. Thousands of people have lost their homes across the nation. The world has reacted in shock, as they observe the red skies and black clouds from afar.
These photos show just some of the devastation and horror caused by the infernos, and the stories behind the images.
This photo was taken on descent to Canberra on Saturday, 4 January 2020.
"Seeing the fires from this perspective was both fascinating and devastating at the same time," Jodie told Mamamia. "It made me think about what the clouds consisted of, including people, homes, memories and habitats. But most of all, it felt like I was looking at the souls of 500 million lost animals. I grew up with no religion but then I prayed for widespread soaking rains to end this disaster and restore some hope."