RECENT rainfall has dampened several bushfires burning in the North East, but more work is needed to contain the blazes.
Eight fires are still burning in areas including Mt Tawonga and Mt Elmo nearly a fortnight after being sparked by dry lightning.
Rainfall between five and 40 millimeters was recorded at firegrounds at the weekend, but Forest Fire Management Victoria deputy chief fire officer Aaron Kennedy said crews were still busy.
"The rainfall was a welcome relief for firefighters, however, there's still a lot of work to do before we can contain these fires," he said.
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"Crews will be working this week to consolidate and patrol containment lines, and to directly attack any hot spots detected through thermal imaging, aerial observation and our network of fire towers.
"Firefighters have worked extremely hard in challenging conditions to manage these fires and reduce their impact on the community and the environment."
None of the fires have threatened homes, but the largest has burnt through 2200 hectares of land.