There has been an outpouring of support for people that have been made temporarily homeless, with people as far as New Zealand offering to share their homes to provide free accommodation.
Facebook communities have emerged as a key source for people to seek safe spaces and receive assistance such as food and everyday necessities.
NZ Accommodation for Australians Affected by Bush Fires is a Facebook group connecting Australians displaced by bushfires with Kiwis who want to provide shelter.
“It’s a long shot but at the rate Australia is burning, NZ might be the closest, safest option for those that have lost their homes,” the founder told the Herald.
Melissa Cleaver, a pregnant mother of three, said her husband had been planning to “sleep in a tent with the dogs”, but she found accommodation in Tuggeranong by posting on the Bushfire Emergency Accommodation for Canberra Facebook page.
“We have two dogs, so I asked if there were homes that would accept pets. The situation has been really hard. We had to evacuate twice. We aren’t allowed home for I don’t know how long,” she said.
Ms Cleaver has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Facebook users who have also offered to donate everyday essentials.
Residents seeking shelter or assistance can also find help through Airbnb homes, with select houses extending free disaster relief accommodation.