In the tourist town of Tathra in New South Wales, the fire came without warning.
"I can report the fire is still within containment lines".
It was a story repeated among the hundreds of locals who were forced to leave when the fire struck with little warning.
"Our priority is to get people back into those homes as quickly as possible", Mr Rogers said.
If you're anxious about family in the Tathra area, call the Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228.
Officials advised residents to continue to monitor conditions and be prepared to enact their bush fire survival plan should the fire threaten again.
The fires have destroyed 18 houses, killed livestock and razed farms in areas some 200 km southwest of Melbourne.
The fire had not been contained after burning through more than 1,000 hectares, the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Monday.
Country Fire Authority assistant chief officer Rohan Luke said conditions were extremely hard for firefighters working in the dark, in rough terrain, and with 90km/h winds.
Furniture maker Steve Jory said his home was destroyed but said "more importantly" his family was safe and they could rebuild.
As night falls the words Matthew Reeves from the Rural Fire Service ring loudly in my ears, "Tonight is when your community is really going to need you, so we encourage you to work together to get through this but to also utilise the professional services that are available to assist you through this".
"They must just be in total limbo", a Tathra local identified only as John, whose house survived, told broadcaster ABC of his fellow residents.
"It sounded like a freight train when it hit us", he told AAP on Monday while watching nervous and exhausted residents huddle in an evacuation centre at Bega Showgrounds.
While the threat level was downgraded late on Sunday night after a southerly wind change helped ease hot conditions, flare-ups on Monday remain a concern.
Dom Tetley, whose unit was destroyed by fire, initially didn't want to see the destruction but his wife convinced him to board the bus to Tathra. "All of our agencies, all service providers will be here for the long haul to get over this significant fire event", Mr Andrews said.
Hundreds of anxious residents on the NSW far south coast keen to return home to assess the damage after a ferocious firestorm ripped through Tathra are being warned the danger is not yet over. "There's a lot of very active fire edge to the north of the fire ground".
The three fires which struck there disrupted power to approximately 40,000 households, emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley said.