Photos from The Age photographers and readers of the grassfire which raged out of control at Epping on Monday.
Deborah Gough A deliberately lit fire has extensively damaged three stores at a shopping centre in Epping.
Henrietta Cook and Chris Vedelago In a sunny brick home in Epping, a couple are frantically preparing for their first open for inspection.
Stephen Cauchi A person has been hit by a train at Epping just after noon, forcing the cancellation of trains between Keon Park and the terminus at South Morang.
Benjamin Preiss Public transport is limited and schools are badly stretched around Tracie McBride's home in Epping North's Aurora estate.
Julia Medew and Kate Hagan More Victorians will be operated on in private hospitals instead of public hospitals in coming years as the state government invests more than $400 million in a controversial elective surgery scheme.
Adrian Lowe and Nino Bucci Police are investigating whether the attempted abduction of a nine-year-old girl in Melbourne's north could have been carried out by the same man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in the area...
Julia Medew State government works on secret plans to merge Northern Health with Austin Health.
Steve Butcher Courtroom erupts after two 20-year-old men receive long prison terms for a wave of armed robberies.
Dewi Cooke She's launched a state festival, she's even donated an artwork to a gallery, but since taking over as Arts Minister, Heidi Victoria has been an elusive media performer.
Stephen Cauchi Three men police claim have links to the Hells Angels bikie gang have been granted bail in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
Eight men have been arrested after police uncovered a large-scale drug operation being run out of homes in Melbourne's north and west.
Stephen Cauchi, Cameron Houston and Nick Toscano Incidents involving different motorcycle gangs have kept Victoria Police busy since Friday night.
Three men linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs have been denied bail after police investigating drug trafficking foiled an alleged kidnap attempt in Melbourne's north east.
Adrian Lowe Fire crews battling a large blaze on Melbourne's northern outskirts fear a wind change may once again start burning towards homes.
Carolyn Webb and Darren Gray Residents evacuated their homes and peak-hour traffic was gridlocked as an out-of-control fire threatened northern Melbourne on Monday.
Adam Carey and Jared Lynch Traffic in Melbourne's booming outer north all but ground to a halt during Monday's mass evacuation of residents, putting people at greater risk from the fire, locals say.
Jason Dowling Almost $200,000 worth of fines have been handed out to landowners not maintaining grass at acceptable fire prevention heights in just one Victorian council area.
Farrah Tomazin Heidi Victoria had no sooner been sworn in to Denis Napthine's cabinet than she earned a reputation as an elusive media performer.
Nino Bucci Police say there has been a troubling increase in the number of fires started by reckless behaviour this summer compared to other summers, and have warned those responsible that they face hefty...