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The images that have defined Australia's horror bushfire season

The nation's horror bushfire season shows no sign of stopping. Source: AAP, Twitter

A number of confronting and inspiring images have been taken in bushfires around the country - here are some of the most memorable.

A photo shared by South Australia's Eden Hills Country Fire Service on Sunday has been credited as summing up the nation's horror bushfire season.

The image shows a firefighter and a koala, side by side, as a fierce blaze approaches.

A firefighter and koala near a blaze in South Australia.
A firefighter and koala near a blaze in South Australia.
Facebook - Eden Hills Country Fire Service

In a Facebook post, the brigade detailed how "our crews left their families, work and whatever they were doing to be ready to respond" and thanked the community for their support.

It's just one of many bushfire images taken by photographers, firefighters and everyday Australians that have been shared on social media this bushfire season.

Many showed firefighters in action.

NSW Rural Fire Service crews fight the Gospers Mountain fire.
NSW Rural Fire Service crews fight the Gospers Mountain fire.
AAP

NSW Rural Fire Service crews near Mangrove Mountain, north of Sydney.
NSW Rural Fire Service crews near Mangrove Mountain, north of Sydney.
AAP

NSW Rural Fire Service crews protect properties on 5 December.
NSW Rural Fire Service crews protect properties on 5 December.
AAP

Firefighters hose down a burning woodpile during a bushfire in Werombi, south-west of Sydney.
Firefighters hose down a burning woodpile during a bushfire in Werombi, south-west of Sydney.
AAP

Other captured how Australians were caught up in the many bushfires.

Sharnie Moren and her daughter Charlotte look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires near Nana Glen.
Sharnie Moren and her daughter Charlotte look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires near Nana Glen.
AAP

Fire damage in Rappville, NSW.
Fire damage in Rappville, NSW.
AAP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen comforting 85 year old Owen Whalan of Koorainghat.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen comforting 85 year old Owen Whalan of Koorainghat.

The Green Wattle Creek fire approaches properties.
The Green Wattle Creek fire approaches properties.
AAP

There were images of how wildlife was hit.

A dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
A dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
Getty

Horses in a paddock as the Gospers Mountain Fire impacts Bilpin.
Horses in a paddock as the Gospers Mountain Fire impacts Bilpin.
AAP

For a number of days, the fires blanketed Sydney in thick clouds of smoke, which made headlines around the world.

A NASA Worldview Satellite showing smoke NSW bushfires in early December.
A NASA Worldview Satellite showing smoke NSW bushfires in early December.
NASA

Smoke was under smoke for a number of days.
Sydney was under smoke for a number of days.
AAP

Smoke haze from bushfires blankets the Sydney CBD.
Smoke haze from bushfires blankets the Sydney CBD.
AAP

Pedestrians walk towards Darling Harbour as smoke haze blankets Sydney.
Pedestrians walk towards Darling Harbour as smoke haze blankets Sydney.
AAP

The fires also saw several protests demanding more action on climate change.

Protesters during the "NSW is Burning, Sydney is Choking" rally.
Protesters during the "NSW is Burning, Sydney is Choking" rally.
AAP

A protest in Sydney in November.
A protest in Sydney in November.
AAP

A protester holding a photograph of property destroyed by bushfire is arrested outside of Kirribilli House.
A protester holding a photograph of property destroyed by bushfire is arrested outside of Kirribilli House.
AAP

Protesters rally on 11 December.
Protesters rally on 11 December.
AAP

Further afield, images of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on holiday in Hawaii while many fires burned were also shared widely.

Australian tourists said they snapped this picture with Scott Morrison in Hawaii earlier this week, posting it to Instagram.
Australian tourists said they snapped this picture with Scott Morrison in Hawaii last week, posting it to Instagram.
Twitter: @Ben_Downie

Mr Morrison has since returned to Australia and expressed "regret" over any offence caused.

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