Victorian Firefighters Assaulted Over Blaze At Home
Charges have been laid after two Victorian firefighters were assaulted during an emergency call.
The firefighters were part of a crew that responded on Sunday night to reports of a fire burning at a Bacchus Marsh property on a total fire ban day.
The two occupants of the property, a 47-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, allegedly became aggressive towards the two male firefighters.
The firefighters suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.
It comes as three watch and act messages remain for bushfires across Victoria, as cooler temperatures and easing winds sweep through the state.
The 22-year-old has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker on duty, assault, affray and making threats to kill.
He has been bailed to appear at Bacchus Marsh Magistrates' Court on March 8.
The 47-year-old is expected to be charged on summons with lighting a fire during a fire danger period, affray and assaulting an emergency worker on duty.
Meanwhile, about 1000 firefighters are battling scores of fires across Victoria, Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp said on Monday.
In the east, the warning message issued for areas including Maiden Hall, Walhalla and Western eased after significant rain.
Earlier, residents were warned it was too late to leave as fire threatened homes and lives.
In the state's south, a bushfire that sparked in the Grantville Conservation Reserve remains under control.
A spotfire started outside the containment line near Adams Estate, but crews have been able to control it.
Residents in Adams Estate and Grantville are urged to stay alert and monitor conditions.
In the far east, near Gippsland's Lakes Entrance, a watch and act message remains in force for areas including Buchan, Sunny Point and Murrindal as a bushfire burns there uncontrolled.
Authorities say changed weather conditions have slowed the fire's spread after it crossed containment lines along the southern and eastern edges on Sunday afternoon.
Several other fire advice warnings remain in place across the state.
Southerly winds are expected to sweep Victoria on Monday, bringing temperatures in the state's north to the low 30s while thunderstorms may still pack a punch in the east.
"Storms will still be a risk with showers with southerly winds and some erratic winds (in the east)," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Newham told AAP.
The cool change will take longer to reach north eastern parts of the state.