The wildfires that have been destroying Australia’s wildlife have now been acknowledged as the worst in recorded history. The southeastern end of the continent’s skies have turned a blood-red color which many have compared to something out of a horror movie.
At the moment a minimum of 146 fires are burning across Australia of which only 65 have been successfully contained. The other 81 fires are still spreading at a fast pace. About 2,700 firefighters are working to contain and extinguish the fires, according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS).
The menacing red skies are visible all over the southeastern end of Australia but in one region the ominous phenomenon has created an uncanny similarity to the Aboriginal Flag.
The Aboriginal Flag has a black and red background with a yellow circle that symbolizes the sun. On the first days of the new year, a sight emerged that looked a lot like the well-known flag. In the picture, we can see the actual sun over a black and red backdrop of the sky, as you can see below.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag has been described as “divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the center” by the Australian Museum.
Harold Thomas, an Indigenous man, created the Aboriginal Flag and got his inspiration for the design from the history of his culture. The flag was designed in 1971 as a symbol of the Aboriginal land rights movement. The flag was made an official Flag of Australia in 1995. The black part of the flag is supposed to represent the indigenous people of the land, while the red color symbolizes the earth and spiritual relation to the land. The yellow sun represents the sun as a source of life.
All over Australia, the visual comparison was made and many people posted their own shots of the phenomenon on social media. Some people viewed it as a sign from the aboriginal people, who are often seen as protectors of the land and environment.
Despite the fact that the fires in the Amazon or California received a lot more coverage, the wildfires in Australia are truly unparalleled. The fires have already destroyed over 12 million acres of land and are believed to be 5 times larger than that of the Amazon. Since the fires have started a few months ago, nearly 500 million animals are expected to have been killed by the fires.
Tens of thousands of people have been urged to evacuate their homes and move to safer areas by the authorities in Australia. A state of disaster was declared in the region of Victoria where about 100,00 people live. It has been estimated that since the fires started in September around 1,300 homes were demolished.