But this is why your totally not getting the point!! You say cry wolf, but what if they said it was only moderate danger and it turned out to be catastrophic???? The whole idea is to prepare for the worst. People need to be made aware of the real danger. With the right conditions a fire can move extremely quickly!! And it is also completely unpredictable. As the fires have moved up the mountain towards my home, the heat it generated was pushing far ahead of the flames which caused explosions of fire into the sky because of the eucalyptus vapors being steamed out of the leaves of the trees. Embers were being blown in constantly changing different directions as the wind changed course. Imagine this happening in the blue mountains and the impact it would have on sydney if they just ignored the possible extremity of conditions. The other thing you seem to have forgotten is that a state of emergency has been called. Fire brigades are extremely stretched and there simply isn't enough help. This means that sydney would be at a disadvantage if things did become as bad as expected because a lot of resources would have been other places. For once the government is reacting in a way they should have done already. Climate change is real. Conditions like this will continue to worsen and the powers that be still have their fucking heads in the sand.