Mr Wiltshire says he and his wife had been meticulous in their preparations to fight the bushfires and there was only one tree on their 21.5 acre property.
A Black Saturday survivor who was put in an induced coma after getting caught by the fires while trying to defend the family home, is preparing to rebuild, the Bushfires Royal Commission has heard. St Andrews resident Peter Wiltshire, a volunteer CFA member, says despite his plan to stay and defend the family home on February 7, the fire was too intense to save the property.
A community meeting is being held in Horsham in western Victoria this morning to discuss the fire that hit the city yesterday.
The fire burned about 3,000 hectares yesterday afternoon and threatened several communities.
Seven homes were destroyed and the blaze also claimed the city's golf club, a fire truck, and a business workshop.
A cool wind change eased the fire's threat about 8:00am last night and crews worked overnight on controlling the perimeter of the blaze.