The tragic Black Saturday bushfires that killed 173 people will forever be etched in the hearts of Victorians, Premier Denis Napthine says.
Dr Napthine moved a motion in parliament on Thursday ahead of the fifth anniversary of the devastating blazes.
"Saturday the 7th of February 2009 is the day that will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of all Victorians," he told parliament.
"Black Saturday brought unprecedented horrific conditions and devastating fires that tore apart families, communities and our great state.
"All Victorians suffered a great sense of heartache and sadness with the tragic loss of 173 lives in the massive destruction of homes, businesses, communities and our environment."
Dr Napthine paid tribute to the bravery of emergency workers who helped during and after the fires.
He also recognised the great resilience shown by Victorians, who stood shoulder-to-shoulder to rebuild communities after suffering the worst imaginable losses.
"Black Saturday changed forever the lives of families who lost loved ones and we understand their sense of loss and their suffering will last forever," he said.