“What the Commonwealth does is a matter for them,” Mr Andrews said.
“I think we’ve learnt many things along the last 10 years, and one of the them is to have a standing review mechanism so that you’re constantly learning and improving every time one of these terrible incidents happen.”
The Inspector-General for Emergency Management has already started a review of the current fires, and Mr Andrews said there would be extra resources on the way.
Milder conditions have allowed crews to get into burnt-out parts of the state, but CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said that posed new dangers.
“The next few days gives us an opportunity to track that [fire] edge, but in many ways it’s the most dangerous period of the firefight as well, because our crews start … pushing back in the fire edge and this is where we have tree falls, et cetera. So it really is a critical time for us,” Mr Warrington said.
Father of two Bill Slade, 60, from Wonthaggi, was killed by a falling tree at the fire’s edge in Omeo on Saturday while working with a group of Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighters.
His colleague, Mat Kavanagh, 43, was also killed on January 3 on the Goulburn Valley Highway at Thornton, near Mansfield.
Speaking at a fire edge near Bairnsdale on Monday, DELWP divisional commander Matt Long told The Age there was always a danger of falling trees.
“We use our excavators to remove dangerous trees, we have a lot of training, we brief our crews all the time about the specific dangers on site. So their training and situational awareness, that provides us a good level of safety,” Mr Long said.
Crews were strengthening containment lines during Monday’s milder weather.
“So what we do is, if it’s an existing road, which is what we’ve got here, we’ll use the bulldozers and excavators to prepare it, get it into a condition where we can use it. Then we’ll put fire in along that line in a controlled way and that stops the fire coming up,” Mr Long said.
“When fire conditions are more severe, particularly in situations like this, it’s just too dangerous to be in the forests and on the fire edge. So when these milder conditions are in place and the fire activity is a lower intensity, it allows us to put in these burns in a controlled way. It’s a lot safer that way, and we can achieve what we need to.”
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Efron said fire conditions would remain suppressed at least for the rest of the week.
“There’s no sign this week of any spike days in the fire danger,” Mr Efron said.
“If anything we actually see an increase in moisture level throughout the state … But not quite the widespread 50 millimetres or so that we actually need to put these fires out.”
There were 1500 firefighters on the ground on Monday while 19 fires continued to burn. One emergency blaze was threatening homes in Noorinbee and Noorinbee North on Monday but the warning was downgraded about 10pm.
Close to 1500 homes and businesses still had no power in the fire zones on Monday, as AusNet workers started getting into the affected areas.
“Generators are providing emergency power to parts of townships where possible in surrounding areas around Mallacoota, Omeo, Corryong and Walhalla,” a State Control Centre spokeswoman said.
Rachel is a breaking news reporter for The Age.