Fire assessors have been escorted by the military into the cut-off town of Mallacoota as Victoria counts the cost of the devastating blazes.
The convoy of defence vehicles travelled from Orbost to Mallacoota in East Gippsland on Monday, with the road still closed to normal traffic because of the bushfire damage.
Assessors from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade were in the convoy, tasked with gauging the extent of damage to buildings and infrastructure.
They also stopped at towns such as Noorinbee, which was threatened by a blaze that was upgraded on Monday afternoon to an emergency warning.
While every other warning across Victoria now at a watch and act level, the Noorinbee flare-up showed the bushfire crisis is far from over.
"Some of these places have been difficult to access, and the convoys have been the first face-to-face contact residents have had in more than a week," the MFB said in a Facebook post.
Mallacoota has been cut off since the start of the year and another group of about 100 residents evacuated by road on the weekend.
"It's important to stress that it's still unsafe to just freely move along those routes," ADF chief of joint operations Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said.
The Cann Road Bridge fire affecting Noorinbee, near the NSW border, forced authorites to shut the road from Cann River to the border.
Gusty winds troubled containment works on Monday as temperatures hovered between the high 20s and low 30s.
Milder weather is forecast across the week, with rain developing in the state's east on Wednesday and extending at least until Saturday.
Country Fire Authority chief officer Steve Warrington said the 1500 firefighters currently deployed will now move into each danger zone to track the fires.
"There is very, very active fire right in the middle of this that will continue to burn for some weeks if not months," he said on Monday.
"The next few days gives us an opportunity to track that edge. It is the most dangerous period of the firefighting period, as our crews start leaving and pushing back into the fire edge where we have trees falling."
There are 19 active fires across Victoria, some of them burning since November 21.
Four men have died as a result of the fires, with 340 residential properties and 532 non-residential structures destroyed or significantly damaged.
Wonthaggi father of two Bill Slade, 60, was working at the edge of a fire at Anglers Rest, near Omeo, when he was struck and killed by a falling tree on Saturday, becoming the fourth fatal victim of the fires.
A 46-year-old man from Alexandra was charged on Monday with dangerous driving causing the death of the state's third bushfire victim, on-duty Forest Fires Management worker Mat Kavanagh, 43.
The state government on Monday announced land tax and stamp duty exemptions, similar to waivers introduced after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
State government grants totalling almost $9 million have been given to Victorians to date.
While conditions have eased, smoke continues to be an issue, with a warning of poor to hazardous air quality across the state and a haze over Melbourne again on Monday.
Australian Associated Press