A bush fire burns behind a ridge near the town of Tharwa, about 20 miles south of Canberra, Australia, on Jan. 30, 2020. (Mick Tsikas/EPA-EFE/REX) A resident stops to take a picture as the fire front of the Orroral Valley fire creeps through Namadgi National Park on Jan. 30, 2020, in Canberra, Australia. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) Australia has warmed by just over 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) since 1910, with most of the warming occurring since 1950. The Bureau of Meteorology has found an uptick in the frequency of extreme heat events and severity of drought conditions during this period, as well.