Homes were destroyed in Springwood, Winmalee and Yellow Rock today in severe bushfires that flared up about 2pm.
The worst loss of homes was at Springwood, where at least 30 homes were lost.
Ferocious winds fanned the blaze that destroyed the dream home where Joe Moore, Springwood Country Club's golf professional, had lived with his wife and seven children, including four foster children.
"This reminds me of what happened in Melbourne a couple of years ago," Mr Moore said.
"Whichever way you look, it was the impossible fire to fight."
Homes were also destroyed in Emma Parade, Winmalee including the home of former Labor candidate for Macquarie, Susan Templeman.
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- with Sydney Morning Herald