As the day of "bad as it gets" fire conditions neared in the Blue Mountains some individuals were still clinging to a state of denial.
At the Warrimoo community meeting hundreds of residents gathered outside the citizens hall to hear Rural Fire Service personnel deliver dire warnings for Wednesday.
There will be 100km wind gusts, spotting 20km ahead and the fire radius will grow 10-20km an hour. Schools will all be closed.
"Prepare your house and leave by 9 o'clock in the morning," Sue Beevers told the crowd on Tuesday night.
"Go somewhere where there isn't a fire ... don't go to Lithgow for a day out, don't even go to Bathurst because you have to go through a fire to get there."
Her suggested destination was Bondi and she said firefighters on the frontline were sending their families off the mountain to Sydney.
There was a danger the fire could jump the Nepean River.
"You've got a burning edge of fire of 1600km, how far is it from here to Broken Hill? 1100km," she said.
"Don't mess with it."
When the meeting was warned about phone towers going down, creepily on cue someone's XFiles phone ringtone began to play.
For one resident, the message wasn't cutting through. She asked if the postman would be making deliveries. Another man left the meeting muttering that he believed the case was being overstated.