An assessment of threatened species impacted by the fires
On 20 January 2020, the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment released an initial list of threatened and migratory species which have more than 10% of their known or predicted distribution in areas affected by bushfires. Results indicate that 55 threatened and migratory animal species and over 250 threatened plant species have been impacted by the fires. Over 100 threatened species have had more than half of their distribution impacted by fire.
On 11 February 2020, the Department released a provisional list of 113 animal species that have been identified as the highest priorities for urgent management intervention over the weeks and months.