On January 14, 1939 it was 114F (46C) at Sydney, NSW. Massive fires burned most of the forest from Melbourne to Canberra, and decimated the Koala population. Residents were traumatized for years by the sounds of the Koalas screaming in the forest.
The Leadbeater’s Possum was presumed to be extinct in the early part of the 20th century. It requires young Mountain Ash forest to feed. But the massive fires of January 13, 1939 cleared out the old growth forest and was replaced with the young forest which the possums need. By 1990, the possum’s numbers may have been at a record high, but decades of fire suppression put them at risk again.
via Real Climate Science
March 22, 2021 at 02:43PM