The fire emergency returned with renewed spite on Thursday. By early afternoon, there were five fires at emergency warning level in the south east of NSW, three of them on the Far South Coast.
One of those was the Clyde Mountain fire, which tore through Malua Bay and the southern suburbs of Batemans Bay on New's Year Eve.
Once again, the dreaded SMS message went out, telling people in affected areas it was too late to leave.
It was a grim reminder of what the RFS has been telling us all along: that we are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.
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