(SEVEN NEWS/CNN) – A heat wave continues to grip much of Australia with temperatures now soaring well about 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) in some areas.
Firefighters there are bracing for catastrophic conditions.
Charred timer and twisted metal stand where homes once stood.
"I don't know what we're going to go back to."
For many people on a bus tour, that was their heartbreaking reality. Their properties have been wiped out.
"Where do you go from here? To mum's and start over."
Others may not be allowed into the first zone for days.
"Just want to get home and I feel that maybe, maybe. I'm ok."
With a power pole on 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 are going to happen."
Colin and Sue Daniels watched what they feared was their house burn live on television.
"I'm hopeful but I'm also a realist so I'm sort of prepared for the worst case scenario," Colin Daniels said.
"If the firefighters did save our house, they did a miraculous job," Sue Daniels said.
Firefighters have finally brought the fire under control, now the exhaustion has set in.
Fire conditions in the area on Sunday have been described as catastrophic. So bad that it's been estimated if firefighters hadn't done what they did, in the numbers they did, there could have been more than 400 homes lost."
Those extreme conditions are now being experienced in South Australia and Victoria
Both states were sweltering through a fierce heat wave with temperatures hitting the low to mid 40s Celsius and no relief until weekend.
"40 something! It's really hot. Ridiculous."
Firefighters are on high alert. They managed to stop one blaze from spreading other properties near Geelong. But they fear the worst is yet to come.
"This is only the start of it," Victorian Fire Commissioner Craig Lapsley said. "We're going to go four days straight and it will peak on Friday with very strong winds."
It's so hot that people have been warned to just 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," Paul Holman of Ambulance Victoria said. "Stay inside."
But some did find ways to escape the scorching sun.
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