* GUTTED: A house in Bendigo, Victoria burns to the ground.
Australia is in shock at the moment. Over 173 people are dead and more than 700 homes destroyed in the biggest bushfires the nation has seen in recorded history.
The state of Victoria in the south of the country is still ablaze with 23 fires and the death toll is expected to rise.* REUNITED: Jennifer Wood is reunited with her partner Mark who stayed to fight the fires while she evacuated with their son Jack.
Australians across the nation are opening their wallets to help people who've lost there homes and loved ones... over $30million has been given already.* SURVIVAL: Anthony Sexton is reunited with his horse which managed to survive the blaze that burnt his house to the ground
If you can give please donate to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire appeal.. anything will help:
Go to redcross.org.au. If you're in Victoria think about giving blood to help the huge amount of injured: http://www.donateblood.com.au/.
*ENGULFED: Fires blaze through Kingsvale National Park on Victoria's hottest day in history. Winds were at record speeds causing fires to cover thouands of hectares at 100kms an hour.