Exhausted firefighters worked through the night to save homes and lives as an out-of-control bushfire dubbed 'The Monster' tore through properties and land in New South Wales.
Devastating photographs capture how terrible the conditions are for firefighters and residents as intense weather conditions propelled a mega-blaze covering 460,000 hectares from Gospers Mountain through to the Blue Mountains.
A photographer who captured the dramatic moment a fruit shop went up in flames in Bilpin told Daily Mail Australia it was the worst bushfire he'd experienced in almost a decade of shooting emergency services in action.
An elderly man whose home was consumed by flames remains missing feared dead, and dozens of properties have been damaged or destroyed by bushfires which raged during heatwave conditions in the state on Saturday.
Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the day as 'awful' for firefighters, with up to 20 homes lost to the immense Gospers Mountain fire northwest of Sydney alone.