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Australian bush fire crisis - how you can help

Australian bush firesAustralia's devastating bush fire crisis continues unabated with vast swathes of the country ravaged by fire.

At least 20 people have lost their lives, the fire has destroyed more than 1,300 homes, it has forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes as various states have declared a state of emergency.

As this humanitarian and ecological disaster shows no signs of stopping, many are wondering how they can help firefighters on the front line, as well as the families who have lost, or forced to abandon their homes.

Here's how you can help towards the recovery effort.

Donations

You can donate to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) directly, either to the service as a whole, or to specific brigades. Cheques, credit cards and bank transfers are all accepted. Find out how you can donate money to NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Queensland Fire and Rescue is also accepting donations to help bush fire victims and communities with exactly what they need. You can donate through the GIVIT website.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) in South Australia is accepting donations. You can donate money through the CFS Foundation website.

Donate money at the Country Fire Association website to support firefighters in Victoria.

Millions of animals have died in the fires. If you want to donate money to help wildlife, the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service is accepting donations. Donate to the emergency fund on the WIRES website.

Donate to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on the GoFundme website to help Koalas brought to the hospital from several fire grounds.

Helping towards the recovery effort

The Salvation Army, the Australian Red Cross and the St Vincent de Paul Society have all launched disaster appeals and are accepting donations of money or goods. However, it's always worth checking what sort of items a charity requires before donating in kind, and it is usually better to give money instead.

Donate through the Salvation Army Australia website.

Donate through Australian Red Cross website.

Donate to the Vinnies bushfire appeal on the St Vincent de Paul Society website.

Other charities helping towards the recovery effort include Foodbank, Givit, Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster Appeal and Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

Donate to rebuild Upper Murray - Victorian bushfire support on the gofundme website to support communities in Victoria.