Firefighters work to mop up a fire near Mia Mia in Victoria , Thursday, Dec 18. 2014. Bushfires have been burning in north Eastern Victoria which are believed to have started from lightning strikes.
Firefighters work to mop up a fire near Mia Mia in Victoria , Thursday, Dec 18. 2014. Bushfires have been burning in north Eastern Victoria which are believed to have started from lightning strikes. AAP Image - David Crosling

Fires downgraded but Victorians warned to stay on alert

FIRE authorities are warning Victorian residents to remain on alert for bushfires in several parts of the state, although the extreme heat has passed and all fires have now been downgraded.

A cool change with strong winds and lightning moved across the state on Saturday, with temperatures dropping more than 20 degrees in some places.

Firefighters stopped the spread of a fire threatening homes at Hastings, Bittern and Crib Point, however a wind change pushed the fire towards houses south of Reid Parade in Hastings.

About 128 hectares was burned at Hastings, with some fencing damaged.

Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said those who have fought the fires were doing a great job.

Read more at ABC News Online.

 


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