Yes its scary but the smoke that has thickened is from further away so far. The wind has just changed direction so the smoke we are getting may be coming from inland now till the southerly promised blows it Batemans Bay down past Sydney that you are watching. I get txts from the fire service and have a security system that will tell me if I have to go. But the main road goes between Sydney and Newcastle between the mmotorways and that will jam pretty quickly. The last fire got very close about three months ago but the firies are amazing. My eldest son is 15 mins drive away with a hill and bushland between but they are on alert too so I am best here in my village which has firefighting standpipes etc. We are ok now and we back on to the water like Batemans Bay etc but we are on the lake. On the other side of the lake a huge fire has been going for days. The ocean is 15 mins drive away on the other side of the highway with houses and bush between.On the map I am between Newcastle and the Central Coast, where Karen Ractliffe lives. Ang Bennett is in Singleton 87kms way up the Hunter Valley where my younger son and family plus many long-term friends live. They have fires in their area too. It is all historic and very surreal. 34C on the patio in the shade. 10.18am
41C / 110f by 2pm.
Next morning storm and promised rain didnt come but thankfully neither did the fires though. Ooh oh, windy at 7am and siren in the distance. Supposed to soar into the 40’s again today. Cant relax. We have had a few fres start locally, but they have soon been doused, thank goodness.