UPDATED 4.33PM: A bushfire in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia has now destroyed 12 homes and there are fears for 20 others.
More than 400 firefighters are working to control the blaze which has burnt through more than than 11,000 hectares of scrub.
Premier Jay Weatherill says there is help available for those who need it most.
From today, the South Australia bush fire recovery hotline will be activated for people who have lost their homes who have suffered trauma or some kind of loss," he says.
"It's also there for people wanting to provide financial donations for those wanting to support affected communities."
Fire crews are continuing to battle high winds, which are hampering efforts.
There are gusts of up to 70 kilometres an hour.
Conditions have eased slightly in Victoria offering a slight reprieve.
However police are investigating reports that a scammer is claiming to be from the fire authority and collecting money for bushfire victims.
"It makes us fairly dismayed that someone would choose to capitalise on this particular situation for personal gain," he says.
"We've made it quite clear we're not in the process of going around door-knocking and collecting money."