At least 20 homes feared lost as Victoria burns
AT LEAST 20 homes are believed to have been lost as 50 bushfires continue to blaze a trail of heartbreak through Victoria.
At least 25 of those blazes were still out of control this morning.
The fires spread quickly under windy conditions overnight after reaching levels not seen since Black Saturday in 2009.
Emergency workers were assessing the scene this morning, planning how best to tackle the fires after a weekend of extreme heat.
The number of homes lost was expected to be confirmed in early daylight hours.
Chief concern early this morning was the Mickelham Road fire, which had spread over 40km and was impacting on the Kilmore, Kilmore East and Wallan districts.
A 7am today, Victoria's Country Fire Authority warned residents of Forbes, Goldie, Goldie North, Tantaraboo, Willowmavin that a fire was approching their areas and it was too late to leave..
"There is an out of control grassfire travelling in a northerly direction from Kilmore-Lancefield Road towards High Camp," the warning said.
"The fire has crossed the Kilmore Lancefield.
"You are in danger, act now to protect yourself.
"It is too late to leave. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately."
Fire crews, an air crane and helicopters from NSW were taken to the fire scene yesterday and would continue to help battle the blazes today.
Winds today were tipped to gust around 40kmh.
A number of the fires are being investigated by the arson squad.