THE air force is being enlisted to help power firm AusNet undertake work to reconnect bushfire-hit places in the Victorian Upper Murray.
Subject to favourable weather conditions, an RAAF plane is due to leave Albury airport for a 20-minute flight to Corryong at 7am on Saturday with AusNet workers aboard.
The measure aimed at cutting travel time for crews, who would otherwise face a three-and-a-half hour round trip by road, will be repeated for the next four days.
Nearly 30 staff were expected to be ferried east on Saturday with their duties including asset inspection and vegetation clearance.
Therefore it is unclear how long it will take to restore services.
Generators have been set-up to provide some power at Corryong and Walwa.
North of the Murray River, NSW power supplier Essential Energy has moved to restore power to border communities.
An estimated 55 customers at Jingellic are expected to have electricity return about midday on Saturday and consumers at Talmalmo are expected to rejoin the grid on Sunday.
As of Thursday night, there were 1195 customers without power across Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tooma and surrounds.
To meet the fire-related jobs, Essential Energy formed a depot hub at Albury to assist with logistics, such as safety, design and planning and fleet management.
Meanwhile, fodder for starving stock is being amassed at the Sandy Creek football ground for transport into the Upper Murray.
An estimated 170 tonnes carried by a road train from South Australia was deposited at the oval on Friday after having been divided up on arrival at Barooga.
Another large amount of hay, organised by former Victorian Farmers Federation president Simon Ramsay, is due to arrive on Saturday morning after travelling up the Hume Freeway.