Up to four thousand people are trapped on the foreshore of the encircled seaside town of Mallacoota, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, where authorities said nearby fires were manifesting extreme self-generating thunderstorms and "ember attacks".
On Sunday, after numerous fires began in the larger East Gippsland region, authorities urged residents and vacationers to evacuate, warning that "it is not possible to provide support and aid to all the visitors" in the area.
Stranded holidaymakers and locals waiting for the latest update in Mallacoota.
"We've got three strike teams in Mallacoota that will be looking after 4,000 people down on the beach there", Crisp said.
"They're going to keep burning and they will continue to threaten other communities in East Gippsland over the coming weeks if the weather conditions we're seeing at the moment continue to present themselves every few days".
Preparations were reportedly under way for a sea or airborne evacuation if needed.
In astonishing footage captured by the besieged crew members, their vehicle can be seen driving through a forest entirely ablaze as they sought to battle the record-breaking bush fires sweeping the Australian state.
Fleeing into the ocean is a "last resort option" according to Victoria's emergency management agency.
"I'd rather be alive than have a house", she told ABC Gippsland. Do not be in their path.
"It was like we were in hell", a vacationer in New South Wales told CNN.
Strong winds, lack of rain, and a historical heatwave have exacerbated Australia's bushfire crisis, spreading the fires with incredible speed.
A CFA firefighter sprays water after a fire impacted Clovemont Way, Bundoora in Melbourne, Australia.
He died when what was described as "a fire tornado" flipped his truck off the ground while he attended a blaze near Albury, southern NSW.
Emergency warnings remain in place for much of the country heading into the New Year.
Local media showed images of water bombers flying over neighbourhoods, and families hosing down their homes in the hope of halting the fire's spread.
As wildfires grip Australia in one of its worst fire seasons in memory, the threat is especially intense this week in the southeastern states like Victoria and New South Wales, where most of the country's population lives.
The fires have laid waste to 4 million hectares (or 10 million acres), which roughly equals the size of Japan. Weather conditions are expected to improve in the next 24 hours - meaning cooler temperatures and lower winds - but will worsen again by the end of the week, bringing unsafe fire conditions, according to CNN meteorologists.
Bushfire-affected areas can reach a temperature of up to 100 degrees, killing anybody within that region even before the flames reach them.
It's too early to say how many homes have been lost in the area and in Victoria in general as numerous bushfires are still raging.
While conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison belatedly acknowledged a link between the fires and climate change, he has continued his staunch support of Australia's lucrative coal mining industry and ruled out further action to reduce emissions.