A club in Lithgow is starting to resemble a zoo with fire-fleeing residents taking refuge with an assortment of animals.
The Lithgow Workers Club is doubling as an evacuation site with a major bushfire in the area forcing residents from their homes.
Club receptionist Donna Bender said about 30 residents were at the evacuation centre but many more were on the way.
"They are concerned but they have their animals, their kids and themselves," she told AAP.
And it's not just your average household pets seeking refuge.
"We have had a turtle, heaps of dogs, cats, a guinea pig ... it's like a zoo," she said.
Ms Bender said the club had been asked to stay open all night to accommodate those who could not return home.
At 5.30pm (AEDT), an out-of-control bushfire had progressed from Lithgow and was heading towards Mt Tomah, the Rural Fire Service said.
A stray dog had managed to find its own way to an evacuation centre at Winmalee Shopping Village.
An employee from the Pet Friends Vet Hospital, located in the centre, told AAP that while she had seen bushfires, this one was extreme.While the stray dog had found help on its own, many people seeking refuge were concerned about their pets left behind.