BUSHFIRE PHOTOS: Firefighters face D-Day across NSW 

A firefighting aircraft bombs the Wirritin fire north-west of Batemans Bay.
A firefighting aircraft bombs the Wirritin fire north-west of Batemans Bay.
Fires threaten to break out across Mountain Lagoon rd near Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Fires threaten to break out across Mountain Lagoon rd near Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

 Fire services carry out controlled burns at Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge on Tuesday. Picture: Geoff Jones

Fire services carry out controlled burns at Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge on Tuesday. Picture: Geoff Jones

An air crane in action over Grose Road, Springwood. Picture: Andrew Meares, Fairfax Media

An air crane in action over Grose Road, Springwood. Picture: Andrew Meares, Fairfax Media

RFS crews conduct backburning operations near Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS crews conduct backburning operations near Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge. Picture: Geoff Jones

 The Minmi fire from the air.

The Minmi fire from the air.

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands film a helicopter as it takes off on another water bombing mission. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands film a helicopter as it takes off on another water bombing mission. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

An amazing photo from a resident in Katoomba on the road to Blackheath.

An amazing photo from a resident in Katoomba on the road to Blackheath.

Tim Parsley from from Wentworth Falls RFS mopping up after a backburn west of Hat Hill Rd in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions today. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

Tim Parsley from from Wentworth Falls RFS mopping up after a backburn west of Hat Hill Rd in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions today. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

A Minmi resident hosing down his property as the fire front approaches. Picture: Peter Stoop, Newcastle Herald.

A Minmi resident hosing down his property as the fire front approaches. Picture: Peter Stoop, Newcastle Herald.

RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald arrives to brief RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald arrives to brief RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

 Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

The RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

The RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

Local residents at Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens keep a close eye on the fires as strong winds dry out the undergrowth after a small amount of rain overnight. Picture: Wolter Peeters, SMH

Local residents at Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens keep a close eye on the fires as strong winds dry out the undergrowth after a small amount of rain overnight. Picture: Wolter Peeters, SMH

Smoke over Wollongong Harbour. Picture: Justin Beverstock

Smoke over Wollongong Harbour. Picture: Justin Beverstock

RFS crew from Wentworth Falls RFS on foot head to a burning tree (top right) to mop up after a backburn west of Hat Hill Rd in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

RFS crew from Wentworth Falls RFS on foot head to a burning tree (top right) to mop up after a backburn west of Hat Hill Rd in Blackheath in preparation for worsening conditions. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

Firefighters in the Deua National Park, west of Nerrigundah.

Firefighters in the Deua National Park, west of Nerrigundah.

A firefighting aircraft bombs the Wirritin fire north-west of Batemans Bay.

A firefighting aircraft bombs the Wirritin fire north-west of Batemans Bay.

The Regional South FRNSW StrikeTeam gets set for mobilization to Lawson on Wednesday morning.

The Regional South FRNSW StrikeTeam gets set for mobilization to Lawson on Wednesday morning.

NSW is facing a horror day on the firegrounds today. Here is a snapshot of what's happening across the state.

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RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald arrives to brief RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald arrives to brief RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands accept food donated by the Bennett family today at Bargo Oval. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands accept food donated by the Bennett family today at Bargo Oval. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

A fire on the Budawang Ridge north-west of Batemans Bay was ignited by lightning strikes.

A fire on the Budawang Ridge north-west of Batemans Bay was ignited by lightning strikes.

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald briefs RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald briefs RFS members at the RFS Base, Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

 Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS Base Penrith Panthers. Picture: Geoff Jones

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands take a break with a game of cricket. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands take a break with a game of cricket. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

RFS and interstate firefighters muster at the Penrith Base Camp before deployment to the fireground on Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Meares

 Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

Views from Mt Tomah of the State Mine Fire looking north towards Mount Tootie. Picture: Wolter Peeters The Sydney Morning Herald

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands accept food donated by the Bennett family today at Bargo Oval. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

Firefighters at Bargo Oval in the Southern Highlands accept food donated by the Bennett family today at Bargo Oval. Picture: Sahlan Hayes, SMH News.

Fire is threatening to break out from backburns at Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Fire is threatening to break out from backburns at Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Water bombing helicopters have commenced their work on fires which have flared up around the State Mine fire near Berambing. The Sydney Morning Herald Picture: Wolter Peeters

Water bombing helicopters have commenced their work on fires which have flared up around the State Mine fire near Berambing. The Sydney Morning Herald Picture: Wolter Peeters

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

Children leaving Minmi Public School. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from Minmi and Stockrington. Picture: Dean Osland

A large back burning operation was carried out overnight to protect Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon as fire conditions deteriorate. Picture: Nick Moir

A large back burning operation was carried out overnight to protect Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon as fire conditions deteriorate. Picture: Nick Moir

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

RFS crews and water bombing chopper over Bulgo Beach track - Royal National Park on Friday. Picture: Natasha Watson

Smoke rolls across Dudley (Twitter via @ausjourno).

Smoke rolls across Dudley (Twitter via @ausjourno).

Burnt roadside at Dudley.

Burnt roadside at Dudley.

Firefighters have been called to a fire in bushland at Medowie.

Firefighters have been called to a fire in bushland at Medowie.

 Firefighters get on top of the fire at Dog Hole Road - a dirt track near Minmi - with the aid of water bombing. (Nat Wallace, NBN, via Twitter)

Firefighters get on top of the fire at Dog Hole Road - a dirt track near Minmi - with the aid of water bombing. (Nat Wallace, NBN, via Twitter)

An image from the Channel 7 chopper taken over Stockrington over the fire moving towards Minmi.

An image from the Channel 7 chopper taken over Stockrington over the fire moving towards Minmi.

Fires threaten to break out across Mountain Lagoon rd near Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Fires threaten to break out across Mountain Lagoon rd near Bilpin. Picture: Nick Moir

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

Bilpin bushfire. Picture: Kylie Pitt

Picture: Andrew Meares

Picture: Andrew Meares