Hot and windy conditions have pushed bushfires out of control in the state of Victoria, in southern Australia.
An emergency warning is still in place for Wye River, Separation Creek, Kennett River and Grey River.
But many residents and holidaymakers were forced to flee, as festivities were abandoned when the scale of the threat became apparent.
In 2009, more than 170 people were killed in Victoria in Australia’s worst bushfire disaster.
Firefighters battle blaze as it tracks along the coastline of the southern Australian state of Victoria.
“There’ll be a number of ways in which we can support people who’ve got a holiday home and have lost their home and that’s through some further announcements we’ll make in coming days”, he said.
Andrew Allen’s house was one of 98 destroyed at Wye River.
But temperatures will rise again to 37C on Thursday, potentially causing fire flare-ups.
Surf Coast shire councillor Clive Goldsworthy said the Spirit Foundation was set up in 2013 to help locals in need, and it was being used to help out after the fires.
The fires started after lightning struck a tree on December 19 and spread after being fanned by the breeze.
He described the property losses as “volatile” and “intense” during a community meeting in Apollo Bay and urged visitors in the affected areas to take caution.
Many people spent Christmas night in shelters after they were ordered to leave their homes.
A Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning worker inspects a destroyed auto in Wye River.
As a security measure, traffic circulation was interrupted at Great Ocean Road during Saturday, an usually busy day for a town with touristic appeal.
Emergency services workers inspect fire damaged buildings at Separation Creek in the Otway Ranges south of Melbourne.
Festival organisers were due to meet emergency services at noon on Saturday, but promised to announce by 5pm whether the annual four day-festival will go ahead.
“Often, you can’t see if the pads on their feet have been burnt or if they have smoke inhalation, so we’re saying that if they look a bit off, they’re probably bushfire affected”, she said.