ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

2008–09 australian bushfire season

Okay kiddo, so there was a time in Australia when there were lots of big fires all over the place. These fires are called bushfires because they start in the bush, which is another word for the forest.

Now, these fires were happening in the year 2008 and 2009, which was a long time ago, just like when you were a little baby. They happened because it was very hot and dry outside, and that made the trees and the grass very dry, too.

When things are dry like this, they can catch on fire really easily. And because there was lots of wind blowing around, the fire could spread very quickly from one place to another. The fire was so big that they had to call lots of firefighters to put it out.

People had to leave their homes and go somewhere else to be safe. And some of the animals that lived in the forest had to run away, too. It was a scary time for everyone.

But the good news is that lots of people worked together to put out the fire and help the animals. And after that, they tried to make sure this didn't happen again by being careful with things that could start a fire, like matches and campfires.