A Week in Wilderness

From Australia to a man being in the woods for weeks, here's everything that happened in the wilderness this week.


Rick Rycroft

A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A man survived in the Alaskan wilderness these past three weeks (23 days) in sub-zero temperatures. Tyson Steele, a 30 year old from Utah, wrote “SOS” in the snow. He was fleeing his cabin as it was burning down; his six-year-old dog sadly didn’t make it. The responders who found him described him as looking like Tom Hanks from the movie “Cast Away.” In order to survive, Steele build a snow cave that was large enough for him as well as his sleeping bag. He described the cave that he built as being warmer than the area outside. Steele also kept a few things of food in the cave with him. For surviving, he also slept a lot.

Tyson (left) getting rescued after 23 days in the wilderness.

However, on the much farther south area of the world, there are wildfires that are burning Australia. So far, it’s estimated that 28 people have died due to the flames; more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed. Along with that, it is expected that around 480 million animals have died, and it has been said that more of the smaller species (ex. kolas) have a harder time moving away from the fires than larger animals like kangaroos. This week, 16 koalas have been saved by a group of dogs trained to find them: Tommy, Emma, and Becky. Koalas like to hid when they are scared, so the dogs have been trained to find them regardless of where they’re at.

Firefighters and other experts there expect that one cause of fires includes lightning  striking dry grass and bushes. However, nature is not the only thing to blame here; 24 people have been charged starting fire on purpose. On top of that, over 100 additional people have been charged with fire related instances.




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