You know it's going to be "one of those days" when fire trucks outnumber cars on the road by about 2 to 1. Mittagong has turned into a camp ground for volunteer fire fighters from other regions. The local Maccas (McDonalds) was full of fire fighters getting a quick snack before heading back into the fray. The freeway is nothing but smoke as far as the eye can see - with visibility down to 5 meters in spots. Even coming over the top of the hill where the view changes from trees to a sweeping panorama of the South Pacific - it's all just haze.
The southern flank of the Hall's Road fire has turned and is now threatening Hill Top and Alpine. Yerrinbool residents have been told to evacuate. Wollongong residents have been advised to watch out for embers flying over the escarpment. There's no place to hide.
Feel sorry for the folks in the Blue Mountains. We've got it bad, they've got it worse. The current worst case scenario has two of the largest fires joining together and rolling out of the mountains into western Sydney, steamrolling dozens of communities in its path.
This could get a lot worse before it gets any better.