A number of homes on the NSW south coast are under threat from two out-of-control bushfires being whipped up by increasingly strong winds.
Environmental change academic David Bowman said global warming meant the northern and southern hemisphere fire seasons were overlapping, which was stretching global firefighting resources.
The blaze at Mount Kingiman, near Ulladulla, had burned through more than 1100 hectares.
"I'm looking out my window and half of the sky is blue and then there's a definite line in the sky and to the left it's very orange, the sun is very filtered, there's choppers in the sky, there's quite thick smoke and it's very windy", she said.
RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said the fire is now under watch and act, and property owners near the area need to follow the advice of firefighters and enact their bushfire survival plan.
"We are concerned about a return to these gusty conditions on Saturday", he said.
Last week, a shocking 100 percent of New South Wales was declared to be in a drought.
"It is a really early start to these severe fires, and it's only really been three months since the last serious fire we had, which was in April".
The Milton bushfires on Narang Rd, Bomaderry.
The RFS has issued a warning and said the fire is burning in very high fire danger conditions.
"It's super smoky and the wind for me is a concern because I know that wind fans fire and I'm just thinking of all those people who are battling it."
The fire is now moving in an easterly direction. Although the Clarence Valley fire at Bristol Arms Road is burning close to some properties, they are not now under threat.
Even without an early declaration of the fire season - which brings restrictions on burning-off activities - authorities are understood to have been preparing to shift assets to regions that are considered to have especially high fire risks this spring.
An aircraft helps to fight the fire at North Nowra.
"The current situation down south is a reminder to all residents across the state that could be affected by bush fires to take the time to discuss with your family what you will all do and where you will go in the event of a bush or grass fire", he said.