For the first time in weeks there is blue skies and no smoke
The fires are still raging about 22km away tho. The firees have done a great job to keep the fires at bay, even tho they cannot put them out. They have been doing back burning whenever possible.
We live on the Central Coast which is about 90km from Sydney. Our suburb (Kariong) is ~1000 houses on smallish blocks of ~600mm2 just off the freeway. Many do the drive to Sydney for work, including our son who lives nearby - his daily work trip is 93km each way and he's been doing that for about 15 years. We are surrounded by bush. Down the hill is the city of Gosford. There is only bush and a small river between us and the fires. Fingers crossed