Last Thursday we had hot gale force winds blowing from the northwest. Great bushfire weather, hot strong winds, low humidity, tinder dry bush. To our southwest, I watched the smoke of a fire at Springwood and Winmalee which ended up devouring over 200 homes.
There was also a bushfire near Lithgow. A column of smoke towered over us and stretched across to the city.
The sunset that evening had a red glow.
The fire has travelled closer to us, and is now impacting people as close as Bilpin.
This morning, we have total calm.
And much smoke.
The weather people are predicting that the wind will again pick up today and that tomorrow and more so Wednesday will bring weather that is described as 'catastrophic' with regard to the spread of the fire.
It feels like the calm before the storm.