In times of crisis, the spirit of the community shines bright.
In Kangaroo Valley, that spirit shines particularly bright.
Residents have received a lot of support from each other, as well as a friendly ear, after a drop-in centre, affectionately known as The Hive, was set up on January 5.
That was just one day after the Currowan mega blaze burnt through the western side of the village late on January 4, forcing residents and holidaymakers to flee.
Volunteer Justine Ramsay said the centre had organised assistance for those who needed it.
"We found out who was affected and started connecting them with services and donations being offered," she said.
"The Hive has become a really lovely community space.
"We have an equal amount of people coming in who need help as those offering to help.
"It is only just the beginning."
Kangaroo Valley Fudge House owner Paula Couchman said the drop-in centre was a place residents could go for support, information, a cup of tea or just a chat if they were having a bad day.
She said the volunteers had kept firefighters fed, provided services to those who had lost their homes or just had meals with people so they didn't feel lonely.
"We've been able to talk to people who know what we are going through," she said.
"The volunteers show empathy rather than sympathy."
The recovery effort is now well underway. Properties are being assessed by insurers and the state government's disaster relief team.
An estimated 20 to 30 homes were lost in Kangaroo Valley however up to 70 properties may have been affected in some way.
Ms Ramsay said many locals were offering to help clear rubble that used to be people's homes.
"Accommodation was the biggest concern as many people were displaced," she said.
"After being evacuated, people came back to town and the Hive has helped find them temporary or long term accommodation.
"There is a shortage of long term rental properties for those who need to rebuild."
Ms Ramsay said Airbnb properties and hotels had been lent to displaced people, however that would end shortly as those business owners had to make money too.
"People might have to move out of the area to get accommodation, which is a shame as being part of the community is a big part of the rebuilding process," she said.
In addition to the drop-in centre, the Kangaroo Valley Wildlife Initiative has been set up by locals to provide food and water for animals.
"Residents are donating money to the town's rural supply store, then volunteers get the food and water we need," initiative volunteer Anne Walder said.
"We give volunteers food and water stations to take out into burnt bushland. We map the locations as this will need to be done for a long time."
Some of food includes fruit on wire rings that sit around trees for bats, insects and birds to eat; as well as kangaroo pellets and hay; and all purpose pellets for smaller animals.
Ms Ramsay said despite the shock and devastation, there was a feeling of rejuvenation in the town and hope for the future.