By now just about everyone across the world has heard about the devastating wildfries taking place in Australia. It is one of the worst fires seen in decades. The extreme temperatures, dry conditions and winds have made it nearly impossible for firefighters to contain the blazes.

These bushfires have killed more than 23 people, destroyed hundreds of properties and nearly half a billion animals. Over the past few weeks you've seen lots of celebrities asking for help from fans to donate to relief efforts. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's home in Australia has a chance of being destroyed and they have donated over $500,000 to help with these fire relief efforts.

Gino Greco, the CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming is trying to help. The American Red Cross is standing by to assist the Australian Red Cross if called upon. Currently the Australian Red Cross is providing services such as evacuation and relief centers across the country as well as offering food and water to individuals in need.

So, what is the best way for us to help out from here in Colorado? The best way is to make monetary donations directly to the Australian Red Cross website. As you know during troubling times you often find scam websites and donation sites set up, so make sure you are donating to a cause that will really help those in need. Thank you to those who choose to donate, know that your contributions are greatly appreciated.