50 Surreal Images From Sydney’s Bushfires

100 fires are burning around Australia’s biggest city. “As bad as it gets”

1. NSW’s worst bushfires in a decade have destroyed hundreds of homes across the state.

Chain Valley Bay fire hits residential areas. #SydneyFires #nswfires via Paige Thomas / Via Twitter: @702sydney

“By the time we’ve finished counting it will at least be in the hundreds” said New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell.

“If we get through that without the loss of life we should all thank God for miracles.”

2. The skies above Sydney are scary.

Wow!!! Scary #nswfires / Via Twitter: @KristyJackson83

3. Crazily scary.

Sydney harbour bridge on sunset #nofilter#bushfire#firefighters#heros / Via Instagram: @johnnytbull

4. The Blue Mountains are ablaze.

Amazing photo of just one of the bush fires burning in NSW. Photo: Alex Morgan / Via Twitter: @Metaldad555666

More than 100 fires raged through the day, fanned by winds over 88km/hr and temperatures in the mid-30s (95 Fahrenheit).

5. Residents fled for their lives.

A blood red sky over Tom Uglys Bridge in Sydney. Photo: Chris Lane. #nswfires / Via Twitter: @coopesdetat

6. Some likened the scenes to the Apocalypse.

Go for drives here almost every weekend. Never seen it look like this. Praying for those all over who have been affected. l#Apocalypse #Australia #Straya #Spring #TooHot #Fire #Bushfire #Massive #NSWFires #Crazy #Scary #Sky #SkyPorn #Smoke #Eery #Stanwell / Via Instagram: @love_kirky

7. It was hard to disagree.

Pics near budgiewoi from near sisters place. Pretty but scary. #nswfires / Via Twitter: @melc_1911

8. Seriously, WTF was going on!?

That incredible #armageddon moment taken from Opera bar in #Sydney. #nswfires #sydneyfires #sydneyisonfire #nofilter / Via Instagram: @chris90s

9. By breakfast the skies looked ominous.

Smoke from our house today. #nswfires #crazysky #needrain #fires #smoke / Via Instagram: @sbmx

11. Soon thousands were forced to evacuate as fast moving fires hit areas in the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Southern Highlands.

Near #springwood #nswbushfires / Via Twitter: @MartinCuddihy

12. There was no option.

Clear skies in front, mayhem behind. #sydney #bushfire #mirror #smoke #orange #skies / Via Instagram: @bethanyelyse89

13. Residents watched helplessly as homes burned.

14. While most people fled and firefighters battled the flames, others saw a photo opportunity.

Workin’ the camera today! #NSWfires / Via Instagram: @jonovington

15. The skies were weirdly beautiful.

#bushfire #wollongong #welovethegong #illawarra #nsw #australia behind the mountain / Via Instagram: @hlazem_shoot

16. But soon things were looking trippy.

Never a good sign. Take care people! #Australia #Bushfire #Season / Via Instagram: @docfeb

17. By lunchtime the smoke was shrouding Sydney.

It’s getting thicker …. #sydney #shrouded in #bushfire #smoke #haze - the #bluemountains are #burning… #heatwave / Via Instagram: @nottherealtoby

18. It was beautiful. And weird.

Bushfire cloud #sydney #smoke #colors #sky #bushfire / Via Instagram: @chucklegrand

19. Fires burned out of control across NSW.

NSW Rural Fire Service / Via Twitter: @nswrfs

After its hottest summer ever, Australia has had one of its driest winters on record and its warmest start to spring, creating ideal conditions for bushfires.

20. The fires were visible from space!

NASA satellite photo showing extent of bushfire #nswfires / Via Twitter: @TripleMSydney

21. And from the window of planes.

Sydney Bushfires from 20,000 ft on Virgin flight to Adelaide #sydney #bushfires #lithgow #seeaustralia #samsung / Via Instagram: @hardlinerr

22. They covered a huge area.

Lithgow fire linescan as at 8:30pm #nswfires. Lithgow fire ran 25km and burnt 12,000 hectares of bush. / Via Twitter: @robrfs

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said the fire situation was unlikely to ease.

“It was a very warm winter, a very dry winter… we’re not even one month into spring and we’ve already got this,” said Deputy Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers.

23. The smoke made driving dangerous.

Springwood Fire, from Winmalee. #NSWFires / Via Twitter: @SamEBJones

24. The Hume and Pacific Highways were closed.

#bushfires #nswfires #SydneyFires @heldavidson @ABCNews24 the Hume Highway at 1pm today, just before closure / Via Twitter: @EdieHooper

25. Airports were closed and flights cancelled.

Dramatic scene at Williamtown Airport, Newcastle. Pic taken by a colleague #bushfire / Via Twitter: @WynRichards

26. Even the Air Force was grounded.

Photo posted by a friend on Facebook from inside the RAAF base #Heatherbrae / Via Twitter: @GiacomoArnott

27. The weather radar showed the smoke as rain.

Bureau of Meteorology / Via twitter.com

28. The skies above Sydney were full of smoke.

Clouds of bushfire smoke on Sydney Harbour / Via Twitter: @GrillTeam

29. The sun was barely visible through the haze.

My view of Sydney right now from Potts Point. #nswfires #bushfire #Sydney / Via Twitter: @melisahenderson

30. The CBD looked freaky.

#bushfire #sunset #sydney #shrouded in #smoke #haze … #heatwave #photooftheday #picoftheday #igaddict #moneyshot #igerssydney / Via Instagram: @nottherealtoby

31. Day basically turned to night.

Bushfires in #sydney @9NewsAUS #bushfire / Via Twitter: @Hasan_Sula

32. Tourists wondered what the hell was going on.

Bushfire smoke cloud across Sydney City view from MCA roof top / Via Twitter: @tatejakob

33. Normally packed beaches emptied…

Bushfire cloud at Bondi / Via Twitter: @lowredshift

34. The End of the World seemed nigh.

35. As Sydneysiders marveled at the skies, their thoughts were with those most affected.

Sydney city: The bushfire ash battling with ‘normal’ sky #nswfires… Sending strength to all affected. #fires / Via Twitter: @newscomauHQ

37. The fires ignited fuel tanks on the Central Coast.

The fire has ignited a large fuel storage area on Blue Wren Drive. #nswfires / Via Twitter: @Marj_K

38. Entire hillsides near Newcastle.

Photo taken at Williamtown near Newcastle. #nswfires. Be safe everyone :) / Via Twitter: @crazyozzie

39. Basically, the whole of coastal NSW was affected.

Picture from the Northern Central Coast bush fires, praying for everyone 😞🔥🚒. #bushfire #rfs #catherinehillbay #nordswharf #centralcoast #fire #danger #hazard #staysafe / Via Instagram: @carlalalaliesac

40. Swimming lessons were cancelled.

#Nswfires#bushfires#newcastle probably should have left about now…. / Via Instagram: @fionaandkids

41. And surf conditions worsened.

The smoke plume at Tama #regram #surfer #nswfires #tamarama #picoftheday @morgantoots / Via Instagram: @the_snap_assembly

42. The smoke turned day to night.

Photograph: Mark Metcalfe / Via Getty Images

43. It was like the lights went out over Sydney.

Sydney right now #nswfires #SydneyFires / Via Twitter: @TheLucasWheeler

44. See? Freaky.

Striking image from my sister in Sydney #nswfires Bushfires are burning across New South Wales. / Via Twitter: @samanthabarry

45. Floodlights were turned on to allow a cricket match to continue. Because play must go on.

Photograph: Mark Metcalfe / Via Getty Images

46. By nightfall fires reached the edge of Newcastle.

The view North from Newcastle this evening. Bushfires on the horizon. / Via Twitter: @ndrewg

47. The smoke created a spectacular Sydney sunset.

smoky sunset #bushfire #australia #sydney #sunset #cbd #cloud / Via Instagram: @davemiller

48. Truly spectacular…

#Australian #bushfire #sunset / Via Twitter: @N02OCt

49. Across NSW, people hoped for a better tomorrow.

A wild Thursday night after a terrible day. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day for Sydney. #tired #nswrfs #bushfire #emergency / Via Instagram: @lamahotel

As night fell, more than 1500 firefighters were still tackling blazes.

50. And prayed for the safety of those keeping them safe.

Thinking of our heroes today as they fight to protect us. #nswfires #nswrfs #nswfirefighters #heroes #bluemountains #bushfire #bushfireseason / Via Instagram: @kimberleywoodwarddesigns

Remember: Planning To Make A Plan Is Not A Plan

NSW Rural Fire Service / Via YouTube.com

Complete your Bush Fire Survival Plan at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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