Fires burning in South Australia and Victoria have kept authorities on high alert, but the worst is yet to come.
Fires burning in South Australia and Victoria have kept residents and fire authorities on high alert overnight.
But the worst is yet to come as firefighters brace for catastrophic conditions, similar to those which fuelled the devastating blaze in the Perth Hills.
Charred timber and twisted metal where homes once stood.
I don't know what we're gonna go back to.
For so many people on this bus tour, this was the heartbreaking reality - Their properties have been wiped out.
Just want to get home and I feel that maybe.
Shawn Harber was the only resident in his street when the fire hit - a decision that saved his home.
As it came up, it was about 20 metres high, just hid in the kitchen, got down low in the kitchen, let it go over the house.
Then just dashed out.
I'd already filled up the buckets and the wheelies bins and everything else with water and just started bucketing it down.
And anything that was burning, just hit it with a sledge hammer and got it away from the house.
With a power pole on a private property blamed for sparking the blaze, there are now questions about responsibility but few answers.
I will happily live without power for the rest of my life to know that no more fires like this are going to happen.
Extreme conditions are now being experienced in South Australia and Victoria.
Both states are sweltering through a fierce heatwave.
Firefighters stopped this blaze spreading to a housing development near Port Lincoln.
Over the border, on the Mornington Peninsula, a historic homestead and cafe burned.
(SIRENS WAIL) It was one of dozens of fires.
I couldn't get over how many warnings we received on the mobile.
So many fires in this area, it's incredible.
And they fear the worst is yet to come.
Friday is the key, the peak of the fire danger is this Friday.
It's so hot people have been warned just to stay indoors.
Don't do your normal routine.
If you're out there running, don't do it in the next three or four days, have a bit of a rest.
But some had other ways to escape the scorching sun.