These fires generated a large amount of media coverage internationally. Unlike earlier fires -- several of which caused much more damage -- the 1994 bushfires entered a major city, as the later Black Christmas and 2003 Canberra bushfires would. Additionally, this was the only occasion in which a major city, Sydney, had been threatened with total isolation due to fire. At the peak of the fires only the Hume Highway to the southwest remained open. All other road and rail routes out of Sydney were closed. Residents of the entire metropolitan area of Sydney had to contend with ash raining down on them, and the sky remained a blazing orange colour for days afterwards.