THE IMPACT of a bushfire is not just limited to the loss of property or lives- it has far-reaching effects on the community.
Some people had their homes destroyed by fire and others had their source of living turned to ashes.
It's not easy to suddenly wake up and find you have nothing except the clothes on you from the rescue centre. One minute you are sleeping peacefully in your bed at home and the next in emergency accommodation not knowing if anything can be salvaged from your house.
In the aftermath of such a natural disaster, people may start to feel helpless and look for a helping hand to lift them up from their hardships.
Thankfully, help is around the corner.
NSW mental health minister Kevin Humphries encouraged those affected to seek help if they are feeling increased levels of stress and trauma.
"The sheer scale of the damage caused by this disaster will have a profound effect on many people," he said.
"It is vital people remember they are not alone."
Dubbo has played an important role in helping those affected rebuild their lives quickly.
Residents and businesses have opened their hearts and generously given boxes of donations of all kinds.
We know the Dubbo community is standing shoulder to shoulder with the bushfire victims to make their lives easier.
Those affected are not out of the woods yet so let's continue the good work.
Victims who need help with post-traumatic stress should seek the help on offer from government and community outlets.