In what was described as apocalyptic scenes, the New South Wales bushfire crisis has claimed more homes and turned deadly - but stories of hope and resilience have also emerged from the ashes.
It was the day the Blue Mountains turned black as the firestorm wiped out entire neighbourhoods.
Hundreds of reinforcements arrived with out of control fires still burning and more dangerous weather conditions ahead.
The state's worst fire crisis in a decade has claimed its first life - a 63-year-old man who stayed to fight a bushfire at Lake Munmorah on the central coast.
Walter Linder collapsed as he tried to stop a spotfire consuming a shed.
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As that small community mourns other towns in the region are picking up the pieces after the fire destroyed homes and buildings.
The Byrnes family moved to Winmalee 18 months ago. They knew the risk and had a plan but the fire was too quick.
"Forty odd years of life, photos," said Andrew Byrnes. Fighting back the tears, Alicia Byrnes added: "Her school stuff, photos as a baby, just everything."
Fate is fickle; the only thing that survived is their lawnmower.
"Bit of a cruel little twist it threw in for me - there you go, you can have your lawn mower, but you got no lawn to worry about now," Mr Byrnes said.
Elsewhere, an emergency warning sent residents of Chapman Parade at Springwood scrambling for safety.
Springwood High students were evacuated to Faulconbridge Public School away from the ongoing threat of spot fires.
Dozens of residents spent the night at the Springwood Sports Club. They woke today, not knowing if they could ever return home.
Nine year-old Mia was at Westmead Hospital for a brain operation, while the Odell family home burnt down.
Joan Murray runs a childcare centre in Winmalee. Firefighters couldn't save the play equipment but they did save the centre and, most importantly, the children who were playing there
Mrs Murray said: "There's flames all around us to keep the little ones ok we start singing and the first song that comes to mind is 'if you're happy and you know it clap your hands'.
Fight far from over
NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says the fight to get the blazes under control is far from over, with 94 fires burning across the state - 27 of which are uncontained.
Eighty-one properties confirmed to have been destroyed and 37 damaged around Springfield an Winmalee by bushfires.
As residents and emergency services begin to return to affected areas, Mr Fitzsimmons said more casualties may be discovered.
"There is a possibility that we might find people who haven't been able to get out of harm's way," he told reporters.
Crews were working on Friday afternoon to take advantage of the milder weather, before conditions are set to deteriorate on Sunday.
The fires were "some of the most damaging (and) destructive ... in the history of NSW," Mr Fitzsimmons said.
An emergency warning is in place at Leppington, in Sydney's southwest where there are fears homes may come under threat.
Meanwhile, further north in Wyong, where an emergency warning remains in place, properties are being threatened and an historic building has been destroyed, with multiple spot fires burning in the area.
Residents of heritage seaside town Catherine Hill Bay have described the scene as "apocalyptic".
A bushfire ripped through the quaint village near Lake Macquarie on Thursday, burning five historic buildings.
Mr Fitzsimmons became visibly emotional as he addressed the media, and had to pause to compose himself as he praised the work of firefighters.
"We have the best firefighters in the world," he said.
Two fire fighters are in hospital with burns and a man from Winmalee in the Blue Mountains is being treated for smoke inhalation.
Almost 200 interstate firefighters have been brought in to help the more than 1400 already on the ground.
Lower Blue Mountains fire downgraded
An emergency warning which was in place for a fire at Springwood in the NSW Blue Mountains has been downgraded to watch and act.
Firefighters are continuing to patrol and monitor the fire, which has affected areas around Winmalee, Warrimoo and Yellow Rock.
Multiple properties have been destroyed in this fire, with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) fearing the number might be in the hundreds.
A number of evacuation centres have been opened in the area.
After losing possibly hundreds of homes on Thursday, the community of Springwood was again on high alert on Friday when the blaze got a second wind.
Students at Springwood High School were evacuated around 2pm (AEST) following fears of spot fires starting from flying embers.
Meanwhile, fire crews surrounded the historic Norman Lindsay Gallery - home to many of the artist's precious artworks - in preparation to defend the site if necessary.
Abbott hails firefighters
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a Rural Fire Service volunteer, visited Winmalee today and thanked those working on the NSW emergency.
"I just want to say how sorry we are on behalf of the people and the parliament of Australia for the heartache which so many hundreds of people in NSW are currently dealing with, but how proud we are of the thousands of volunteers and full-time professionals (fire fighters)," he said.
It was too early to tell how many properties had been destroyed or how much the recovery bill might be.
It's believed hundreds of homes have been destroyed and one person has been confirmed dead.
People affected by the fires will be able to get disaster relief payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child.
The payments will be available in the severely affected areas of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Muswellbrook, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, Wyong and Wingecarribee.
"It's quite a long time since we've had property losses in the order of hundreds here in NSW, so this was a very, very big fire," Mr Abbott said.
Residents praised for resilience
The mayor of the Blue Mountains has praised the resilience of residents who lost their homes in Thursday's bushfires.
Mark Greenhill says he and other local councillors spent the evening comforting residents affected by the "unprecedented" fires that tore through the area.
"The Blue Mountains has experienced bushfire before, but nothing like this," Mr Greenhill told the Seven Network.
"We lost scores of homes; there are a lot of families without homes right through the area.
"We spent the evening ... comforting residents who had lost everything. This has been a very tough 24 hours for the community of the Blue Mountains.
Mr Greenhill said senior RFS officers told him the fire was "absolutely unprecedented" in terms of the speed with which it came down the mountain.
"The worst factors came together at the worst time," he said.