More than 200 homes have now been destroyed in the Blue Mountains bushfires as firefighters prepare for potentially worse conditions today after a relatively calmer night.
Fires threatened St Columba's High School in Springwood yesterday, for the second time, and Nepean health service said Springwood Hospital was evacuated ''in advance of predicted worsening weather conditions over the coming days''. Twenty six patients have been moved to Nepean Hospital until at least Wednesday.
Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill has announced a mayoral relief fund will be established by Monday to the support the recovery effort.
A new disaster recovery centre should also be established at the Legacy offices in Raymond Road, Springwood by Monday.
Despite the severity of the bushfires, Clr Greenhill said the Blue Mountains community would come through the disaster.
"It's going to be alright, we're going to get through this," he said. "We're a strong and resilient community. They breed us tough up here."
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