The death toll from Victoria's bushfires has risen to 84 in what has officially become Australia's deadliest bushfires disaster.
As dozens of blazes continued to rage on Sunday night, it seemed certain that the rapidly-unfolding disaster would claim many more lives.
By 8.30pm (AEDT), at least 750 homes had been destroyed, more than 330,000 hectares burnt out - 220,000ha alone in the Kinglake Complex wildfire - while authorities said some fires could take weeks to contain.
Entire towns were wiped out while communities in Dederang, Taggerty and Glenburn in the state's north were still under threat on Sunday night, almost 36 hours after the first fires were sparked by record heat and winds on Saturday.
The toll already surpasses the 47 deaths in Victoria and 28 in South Australia in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, while the Black Friday blaze in 1939 claimed 71 lives.
Ten people remain in a critical condition in hospital with serious burns.
The Kinglake region, about 80km north of Melbourne, was the worst hit - at least 550 homes razed and 63 deaths reported in the area as of 8.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday as the furious 220,000-hectare inferno, known as the Kinglake Complex, gave locals little chance.
One fire official said the blaze had a perimeter of 'several hundred' kilometres.
They showed a map on the news last night, and there was only a strip up the middle of the state that didn't have fires in it.
I live in western Bendigo and my side of the town was on fire...........
Parts of Bendigo, in central Victoria, look like a war zone after having been ravaged by a bushfire moving at break-neck speed.
The fire engulfed 50 homes, and resulted in the death of one man confined to a motorised chair.
.......I have some photos on my camera I'll post them when I can. The fire stopped one block from my house. PHEW does not describe the relief. One of my buddies house was safe by one house section. Lucky _______d.