Harrowing photos from inside the South Coast fire zones reveal scenes of utter devastation as blazes continue to ravage the region on Wednesday.
Day turned into night across many coastal towns on New Year's Eve, while in others - like Tapitallee - the sky glowed a deep red.
Seven people have been killed and at least 176 homes have been confirmed lost in the New Year's Eve fires.
"Some areas have been hit quite hard, areas like Conjola Park, 89 homes, Malua Bay, 40 homes destroyed there, Rosedale 15," a Rural Fire Services Authorities spokesman said on Wednesday.
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