Smoke's really thick today in Armidale: we're safe here (to date) but with large bushfires north and east of here. I had a look on the RFS warning site: this fire season over 1% of NSW has been burnt out. Won't stop until we get decent rain. From the RFS: Catastrophic fire danger on Tuesday Catastrophic fire danger is now forecast for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday 12 November 2019, due to worsening weather conditions. Large areas will see Severe and Extreme fire danger. These are very dangerous conditions. I believe this is the first time the Greater Sydney area has been listed at this level.