Victoria's two major bushfires at Harrietville and Aberfeldy are still burning out of control but milder conditions and forecast rain for this afternoon are helping firefighters, according to the Country Fire Authority.
A CFA State Control Centre spokeswoman said the Aberfeldy fire – by far the biggest of the two at nearly 70,000 hectares – was partly contained. "It's being controlled but it's not under control," she said.
"It's within containment lines that held up yesterday but it's still out of control on the north-east fire edge."
The fire is burning on a 416 kilometre perimeter, she said. Light drizzle expected on Saturday afternoon would help firefighters.
The Harrietville fire was 3180 hectares in size and burning on a 35 kilometre perimeter, she said.
"That fire is still out of control but light winds and cooler than expected temperatures have resulted in an easing of the fire threat around Mt Hotham."
Possible heavy rain is forecast on Saturday afternoon for the Harrietville fire, she said.
Incident Controller Tony Lovick said that as a result of the reduced threat, Harrietville's level of warning had reduced from a “Watch and Act” to an “Advice” message.
An Advice message remains current for Harrietville, Hotham Heights, Smoko, Dinner Plain and Freeburgh.
“The fire is still burning within close proximity to the township. However, the fire ground conditions have abated to the degree that we do not anticipate any significant fire behaviour in and around Harrietville at the present time," he said.
Mr Lovick said the fire, which was started by lightning on Monday, was burning in steep, rugged terrain.