The 2019–20 bushfires were unprecedented in their extent and intensity, with fire grounds in New South Wales covering 5.5 million hectares (7% of the state), including over 2.7 million hectares of national parks (38% of the NSW national park system). In northern New South Wales, families faced devastation beyond comprehension as a result of the bushfires.
Samaritan’s Purse Australian Disaster Relief Unit deployed to Taree on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, 317 km north of Sydney. With the assistance of local churches, volunteers joined together to work on multiple properties that had been impacted by the fires in the region from November to December. The volunteers worked in sweltering heat, using chainsaws to chop up fallen trees, removing sheet metal from homes, shovelling ash, and more.