Bushfires in Australia


Original publication date: January 17, 2020

Current situation

Australia is currently fighting several devastating bushfires. In some areas, a ‘catastrophic’ alert level, the highest of the Fire Danger Rating system in Australia, has been issued. As a result, many local authorities have declared a state of emergency and implemented evacuation orders.

The situation could disrupt the following essential services:

Air quality is affected in various regions throughout the country. This may have an impact on people with respiratory conditions.

About bushfire smoke

Smoke contains fine particles (that are not visible to the human eye) that penetrate the lungs and bloodstream, sometimes leading to serious health effects.

Those at greater risk of these effects are:

During heavy smoke conditions, all individuals are at risk regardless of their age or health.

Mild and common symptoms of smoke exposure include:

Less common but more serious symptoms may include:


Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.

If you are in or near an area affected by smoke:

If you experience any of the serious symptoms of smoke inhalation noted above, contact a health care professional, or seek urgent medical attention.

In the event of an emergency, dial triple zero (000).

For current information on affected areas, consult state or territory authorities:

Fire services

Air quality

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