Out-of-control bushfires in regional Victoria no longer pose the highest risk to lives and homes hours after the blazes sparked and forced residents to leave their homes.
A fire warning issued on Friday has been downgraded for areas southeast of Melbourne including; Adams Estate, Queensferry, Tenby Point, Almurta, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Glen Forbes and Grantville after a bushfire started in the Grantville Nature Reserve.
“Firefighters have been able to slow the spread of the fire. Staying close to a building you can shelter in is the safest option as conditions can change suddenly,” the Vic Emergency warning states.
Another warning for Tanjil South was also lowered from the highest level after a blaze, of about 40 hectares, started in Moondarra State Park, had threatened homes and lives.
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp told reporters the Grantville fire appeared to have “two ignition points”.
More generally, Mr Crisp said numerous parts of the state were bushfire prone, including the high-risk Gippsland.
“It comes on the back of two record low dry winters in this particular part of the state.”
About 2000 fires have burned across the state this summer with the Rosedale and still-burning Timbarra blazes the most notable, alongside the Thompson catchment fire which started last week after lightning strikes.