Out-Of-Control Victorian Blazes Put Residents On High Alert
Lives and homes remain under threat as fires near Victorian towns as worsening weather conditions are expected to fan the flames.
Emergency alerts have been issued for several major fires burning across the state.
About 70 properties in Adams Estate on Victoria's South Gippsland are at risk of burning as the Grantville fire, which is headed north, edges closer on Sunday.
"Leaving now would be deadly," authorities warned on Sunday.
Bushfires are also threatening homes south of Gillingill, near the Victorian town of Timbarra, in East Gippsland.
Warnings have also been issued for other areas including; Butchers Ridge, Deddick Valley, Gelantipy, W Tree, Yalmy, Murrindal and Wulgulmerang West.
Firefighters have been unable to stop the fire, which has crossed containment lines, and authorities have warned residents to leave while they still can.
A fire in Walhalla has prompted the top tier alert for areas of Cowwarr, Cowwarr Weir, Dawson, Swing Bridge, Toongabbie on Sunday night.
But there has been some good news with a warning downgraded for Dry Diggings, Elevated Plains, Hepburn, Hepburn Springs after about 70 homes were under threat.
Several other fire warnings remain in place across the state.
"We knew (Sunday) was going to be a tough day for us as a state for our firefighters and our emergency services and that is the way it is panning out," he said.
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones are still expected to hit across some parts of the east of the state as thunderstorms strike with humid conditions.
"The change has moved through the southern fringes of the state. Most of these fires are in the high country so it will take a while to get through to those areas," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon told AAP in the evening.
"This wind change is fairly shallow so it will struggle to get into those areas."
Winds have hit about 80km/h in Albury/Wodonga while 38mm of rain has fallen near Bairnsdale, with thunder activity moving across eastern parts of the state.
Victoria sweltered through hot, dry conditions and temperatures tipping into the 40s.
Severe fire danger forecasts exist in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West and Central districts, and a total fire ban remains in place across the state.
"It's now up to Victorians to exercise good judgment and common sense so that they're ready as well," Premier Daniel Andrews said.
More than 1000 firefighters are working on the fires burning across the state with the long-running Timbarra blaze, scorching 15,500 hectares since January 16.