Some 2000 brave firefighters fought over 19 significant fires across Victoria yesterday. 

Cooler weather and rainfall has mercifully offered a partial reprieve, with no fires at emergency warning level on Tuesday morning. 

Lightning has caused spot fires overnight, but they’ve been quickly brought under control. More lightning is expected today with rain and possible thunderstorms forecast for the Gippsland area later today. 

More than 40 schools have been closed, the full list is available here at the Department Of Education’s website.

There are a number of Watch & Act alerts around the state – most of them in Gippsland:

Bunyip State Park has two Watch & Act Alerts: There’s a bushfire that’s still not under control, and firefighters are still actively putting out spot fires and patrolling this fire. There’s also a fire nearby at Gembrook State Park that’s within containment lines but the Bunyip fire is travelling west towards the community. 

Drago has one watch & act alerts: Thankfully the fire has been downgraded since a downpour of rain but there are two blazes north-west of the town slowly moving towards each other.


Licola has two watch and act alerts:  A 17,000 hectare fire just east of the area remains active on all edges and is progressing to the north-east and east. Firebreaks are being built around property. Residents of Valencia Creek and surrounds are on high alert, however containment lines will be built today and light rain has offered some relief.

Yinnar South residents are being told two leave: Two properties have been lost and the fire has increased with the eastern and northern areas currently active. 

A grassfire at Bangholme has been brought under control. 

For the most up to date information, go to VIC emergency’s website

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