This is the evening of the fifth day of the latest bushfires in the Blue Mountains. And I am packed to leave early tomorrow morning.
I have lived on the edge, but away from the flames, in Blackheath in 1994 and 2006. Each time the fire went into the Grosse Valley on the otherside of Blackheath. In 2002/3 I lived at Springwood waiting for the fire to come but the backburning by the RFS meant that this fire did not come. however we awoke on New Year’s Day to 2 fire trucks on the front lawn and the backburning happening around the old Citroens.