Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of disaster for six local councils late on Thursday, including East Gippsland council which has its main office in Bairnsdale.
It’s estimated about 70 per cent of the 100,000 people living in the fire-affected areas in East Gippsland have left their homes.
With 48 bushfires still burning in Victoria on Sunday afternoon, police confirmed no official organisations were currently doorknocking.
Sunday’s cooler conditions offered a brief respite for firefighters, with rain of up to 15mm expected in Gippsland and a further 350 people evacuated from Mallacoota by air.
However, the fires are expected to continue to burn for weeks and it is unclear when many East Gippsland residents will receive the all-clear to return home.
A 19-year-old man was last week charged with stealing from a home in the town of Batlow, New South Wales, but no looting charges relating to the current fires have so far been laid in Victoria.
Gippsland residents who come into contact with doorknockers asking for donations are encouraged to notify police on 131 444.
Australians looking to donate are encouraged to do so through the likes of the Red Cross, Salvation Army, firefighters, Foodbank and other groups.
An online campaign led by comedian Celeste Barber to raise money for volunteer firefighters has raised more than $22 million.
Actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban also announced on Sunday that they would donate $500,000 to firefighters, after American singer P!nk did the same on Saturday.
As of Sunday afternoon, more than 932,000 hectares have been burnt across Victoria – almost the size of greater metropolitan Melbourne – and 110 homes have been confirmed lost, while 18 communities remained isolated.
Michael is a reporter for The Age.
Sarah Danckert is a business reporter.