Where they once saw a town dotted with flourishing green trees, residents in bushfire-ravaged Coonabarabran now see a forest of black sticks.
Fire victims in the northern NSW town are beginning to attempt to rebuild their lives but the magnitude of the loss is only just setting in.
"It's just there in their face," Warrumbungle Council general manager Steve Loane told AAP.
"People drive through this every day and they can't get away from it."
In mid-January more than 100 bushfires broke out across NSW, with a major blaze starting near Coonabarabran.
About 54,000 hectares were destroyed near the town and 53 families lost their homes.
The fires are now out but the clean-up effort is only just beginning.
"Now that the skies are no longer full of helicopters and the streets don't have big red fire trucks, it's very much happening quietly in the back blocks," Mr Loane said.
"The enormity of the impact on the community hasn't hit home yet."
Those families worst affected by the fires are still staying with family, friends or in local motels.
Local kids had to go back to school last week.
"We're all watching very carefully to see the interaction between the kids," he said.
"Because there are some kids who have lost their homes and there are some who haven't."
Residents have access to agencies such as Legal Aid, Centrelink and the Salvation Army, which are offering mental health support and other assistance at the local recovery centre.
Locals have donated more than $440,000 to a local bushfire appeal set up by the Warrumbungle Council.
Mr Loane says insurance companies have been in the area assessing the damage and some have already paid up.
"We're hearing that the majority of people have insurance but there, of course, are going to be those who are under-insured or uninsured," he said.
Even for those who have their insurance payouts, rebuilding is not that simple.
Residents still have to get development applications approved and their damaged homes must undergo an assessment from the Asbestos Management Team.
Adding to fire damage and asbestos concerns, residents have also had to deal with localised flooding from recent rain and dwindling trade for local businesses.
The Queensland floods have cut off the major highway into the town, resulting in fewer people passing through, while the ANU's Siding Spring Observatory remains closed until February 18 pending a safety inspection.
About 50 people were out on the streets this week working with BlazeAid, an agency that lobbed into town with volunteers to rebuild farmers' fences.
But despite all the aid and donations of time, Mr Loane said it would take the community a long time to forget the trauma of the fires.
"It's going to be a slow recovery," he said.