Swathes of southern Australia are a blaze after fourteen bushfires broke out on Wednesday.
The fires have claimed the lives of two people and killed wildlife and livestock.
A number of houses have been burned to the ground and authorities fear the situation will get worse before it gets better.
Emergency services say three people are missing and thirteen are being treated in hospital.
Wildfires are a summer hazard in Australia, but weather forecasters say climate change is increasing the risk of bushfires and the duration of the dry season is now longer.
October has been declared the hottest month since records began.