Australia Day ceremonies are going ahead as usual across fire-affected council areas, but residents are urged to monitor conditions in the lead-up to Sunday.
All Towong Shire ceremonies are proceeding, with attendance at Walwa's event expected to double as the community comes together amid ongoing fire recovery.
The Walwa Jingellic Lions Club is hosting a breakfast at the Memorial Hall before the 8.45am ceremony.
Australia Day Ambassador David Marsh, who was awarded the Order of Australia medal for services to medicine during the Bali bombings in 2002, is a guest speaker with his wife Clair.
A breakfast and ceremony are happening at the Youth Club Hall in Corryong, and events are also taking place in Bellbridge, Dartmouth and Tallangatta.
Alpine Shire has events in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty, Harrietville and Mudgegonga, which may be cancelled if Watch and Act alerts are issued for those areas.
"These breakfasts and morning teas are a wonderful way for communities to reconnect, particularly after the events of the past few weeks," mayor Peter Roper said.
Those travelling to ceremonies in both shires should check traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au for road closures.
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The 2020 Greater Hume Shire ceremony is taking place at the Culcairn Recreation Ground from 9am.
The council holds a single ceremony, but last night a community recovery barbecue was held at Jingellic in partnership with the RFS and Greater Hume and Snowy Valleys councils local recovery committees.
"We had our first community meeting up at Jingellic two weeks ago," acting general manager David Smith said.
"It's about making sure people have information."
- See Saturday's paper for a full list of events