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Savage winds forecast as firies battle blazes

Firefighters in Victoria's north-east are confident that containment lines will hold on Tuesday despite violent winds, but the bushfire near Violet Town could burn for weeks.

The fire at Boho has burned 1448 hectares; there are 130 firefighters on scene.

Winds are expected to reach 70 kilometres an hour on Tuesday, but a Country Fire Authority spokeswoman said firefighters in the area had spent much of Monday building containment lines and expected that the fire would be controlled.

She said the fire could burn for some time as it is in steep, dense terrain.

There will be a community meeting on Tuesday at 11am at the Violet Town Community Centre.

A watch and act warning is in place for the region, meaning residents should be aware of emergency vehicles and travel with caution.


The fire is still most active on Upper Boho Road and Sawpit Gully Road.

In Gippsland, a fire that started in Aberfeldy on January 17 is still burning, but is being controlled.

There is fire activity in an area from Donnelly Creek to an area north-west of Heyfield.

Most areas, including the towns of Walhalla and Licola, are accessible. An area north of the Thomson Dam is closed.