MEGA GALLERY: The NSW bushfires

Family inspect the remains of a home destroyed by bushfire in Moray Street, Winmalee. Photo: Brenda Cunningham-Lewis, Blue Mountains Gazette
Family inspect the remains of a home destroyed by bushfire in Moray Street, Winmalee. Photo: Brenda Cunningham-Lewis, Blue Mountains Gazette
Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood, Newcastle Herald.

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood, Newcastle Herald.

Exhausted firefighters take a rest while fire burns beside them in Cragan Bay Road, Nords Wharf. Photo by PHIL HEARNE, Newcastle Herald.

Exhausted firefighters take a rest while fire burns beside them in Cragan Bay Road, Nords Wharf. Photo by PHIL HEARNE, Newcastle Herald.

A scene at Ricardson Road Raymond Terrace on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne, Newcastle Herald.

A scene at Ricardson Road Raymond Terrace on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne, Newcastle Herald.

A surfer heads for the water on Thirroul beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury

A surfer heads for the water on Thirroul beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury

A smoke haze hangs over the Illawarra . Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury

A smoke haze hangs over the Illawarra . Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illawarra Mercury

The view from Sublime Point lookout. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illwarra Mercury

The view from Sublime Point lookout. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR, Illwarra Mercury

The sunrise. Picture: William Patino, Illawarra Mercury

The sunrise. Picture: William Patino, Illawarra Mercury

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

CLOSE: The corner Pacific Highway and Flowers Drive, Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Phil Hearne

CLOSE: The corner Pacific Highway and Flowers Drive, Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Phil Hearne

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Aftermath of the fires in Catherine Hill Bay. Photo: PETER RAE

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

A resident protects his property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters

A resident protects his property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. This was the towns old post office. Photo: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald.

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. This was the towns old post office. Photo: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald.

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. This was the towns old post office. Photo: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald.

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. This was the towns old post office. Photo: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald.

Residents protect their property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

Residents protect their property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

Photo from Picton Road overlooking the Hume Hwy. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo from Picton Road overlooking the Hume Hwy. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo from Picton Road overlooking the Hume Hwy. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo from Picton Road overlooking the Hume Hwy. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Sarah Wenn and Joanne Page calm their horses on a paddock next to Lake Road which is about 300m from the fire front. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers MMH.

Sarah Wenn and Joanne Page calm their horses on a paddock next to Lake Road which is about 300m from the fire front. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers MMH.

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Photo taken at Yanderra. Photo: Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury.

Fire crews working on this fire near Lake Road, Elermore, as flames approach Elermore Geln housing estate. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

Fire crews working on this fire near Lake Road, Elermore, as flames approach Elermore Geln housing estate. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

NSW RFS Crews struggle to save a home near Dargan on the Bells Line of Road.  Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW RFS Crews struggle to save a home near Dargan on the Bells Line of Road. Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald

Fire crews working on this fire near Lake Road, Elermore, as flames approach Elermore Geln housing estate. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

Fire crews working on this fire near Lake Road, Elermore, as flames approach Elermore Geln housing estate. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. These three local stayed to save their homes which they did. From left, Sean Butler, Jade Butler and Andy Wilson.

An out of control bushfire burnt cars and two homes near Newnes Junction on the Bells Line of Road. These three local stayed to save their homes which they did. From left, Sean Butler, Jade Butler and Andy Wilson.

Bushfire in forest near Lake Road, Elermore Vale. Residents of Elermore Glen housing estate, Robin Collin and Barry Collin watering their garden after the woodchips started catching fire. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

Bushfire in forest near Lake Road, Elermore Vale. Residents of Elermore Glen housing estate, Robin Collin and Barry Collin watering their garden after the woodchips started catching fire. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers, Newcastle Herald.

A lost dog runs from an out of control bushfire which is threatening four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

A lost dog runs from an out of control bushfire which is threatening four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

Smoke from the Balmoral fires seen from Wilson Drive intersection in Colo Vale. Photo: Southern Highlands News.

Smoke from the Balmoral fires seen from Wilson Drive intersection in Colo Vale. Photo: Southern Highlands News.

RFS water bombers at the Bathurst Airport. Submitted: David Carroll.

RFS water bombers at the Bathurst Airport. Submitted: David Carroll.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

RFS water bombers at the Bathurst Airport. Submitted: David Carroll.

RFS water bombers at the Bathurst Airport. Submitted: David Carroll.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

A bushfire, which started at the Marrangaroo Army Range has been pushed by westerly winds to the State Mine Gully Area. Photo: Western Advocate.

Looking from Braye Park Waratah across to a skyline of large plumes of smoke from a fire at Heatherbrae. Photo: Simone de Peak, Newcastle Herald.

Looking from Braye Park Waratah across to a skyline of large plumes of smoke from a fire at Heatherbrae. Photo: Simone de Peak, Newcastle Herald.

Photos submitted by Illawarra Mercury journalist Peter Davis who lives in the Southern Highlands. Bushfire at Balmoral and Yanderra

Photos submitted by Illawarra Mercury journalist Peter Davis who lives in the Southern Highlands. Bushfire at Balmoral and Yanderra

Residents protect their property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

Residents protect their property as an out of control bushfire threatens four homes near Newnes train station. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Wollongong City from Level 10 at the Wollongong City Council buiding. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Wollongong City from Level 10 at the Wollongong City Council buiding. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

A fire has broken containment lines at Williamtown. Pictures taken from corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. Photo: Jonathan Carroll, Newcastle Herald.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

The Lithgow fire. Photo: The Lithgow Mercury.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Illawarra from Flagstaff Hill at Wollongong City Beach. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Illawarra from Flagstaff Hill at Wollongong City Beach. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Illawarra from Flagstaff Hill at Wollongong City Beach. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Bushfire smoke can be seen over the top of Illawarra from Flagstaff Hill at Wollongong City Beach. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Smoke plumes blow over southern Sydney from the bushfires at Springwood. Photo taken at Wanda Beach by John Veage.

Smoke plumes blow over southern Sydney from the bushfires at Springwood. Photo taken at Wanda Beach by John Veage.

Smoke haze over Tamarama. Photo: Brianne Makin.

Smoke haze over Tamarama. Photo: Brianne Makin.

Maria Misfud with daughters (red) Stephanie and Natalie at their home on Emma Lane in Wilton putting personal items in their car as smoke from the Southern Highlands blows overhead. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Maria Misfud with daughters (red) Stephanie and Natalie at their home on Emma Lane in Wilton putting personal items in their car as smoke from the Southern Highlands blows overhead. Photo: Illawarra Mercury.

Smoke covers Kogarah and turns day into night. Photo: Jane Dyson

Smoke covers Kogarah and turns day into night. Photo: Jane Dyson

Smoke covers Kogarah and turns day into night. Photo: Jane Dyson

Smoke covers Kogarah and turns day into night. Photo: Jane Dyson

Photo taken near the fire command centre at Raymond Terrace. Photo: Phil Hearne, Newcastle Herald.

Photo taken near the fire command centre at Raymond Terrace. Photo: Phil Hearne, Newcastle Herald.

The devastation being endured by residents in New South Wales who have lost their homes and loved ones has captured the nation's attention.