Transcript for No end in sight to unprecedented wildfires in Australia
Next tonight, American firefighters are now among those in the battle against those devastating wildfires in Australia. More than 14 million acres lost. Homes destroyed. And now the overwhelming toll on wildlife. Chief meteorologist ginger zee is in Australia tonight. Reporter: Tonight, no end in sight to the unprecedented wildfires consuming Australia. Fire whirls spinning, a red haze so thick, these air force pilots forced to abonn don their rescue mission. Our Maggie Rulli on the front lines. We've been trying to get north for hours. These are the kind of conditions that we're seeing. High flames on either side of the road. This highway is on lockdown throughout most of Australia. Reporter: Helena Wong and Justin Kam showing me what's left of their home. They barely made it out alive. The radiant heat burned the back of your shoups? That's how close you were. We were still in the building when it started burning. Reporter: Families forced to take shelter on the coast. Navy boats their only connection to the outside world. The fires have scorched more than 14 million acres, superimposed on a map of the U.S., the scope of the disaster is clear. And from kangaroos to koalas, the impacts on wildlife have been devastating. I've seen numbers that half the koala population have been taken out, is that true? That's true in certain areas, yes. Reporter: Scientists believe up to half a billion animals have died in these fires. Just horrific. And ginger is live from a command center in Australia. And you told us, very alarming conditions expected later this week, ginger? Reporter: Yes, and officials just told me something very interesting, David. They've had rain the last 24 hours, but that's actually hindered their back burning efforts. That and extreme fire danger returns by the end of the week. David? All right, thank you for making the trip, ginger.
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