While the rain was not as heavy as forecast it has still helped to tame the fires. Humid conditions have also helped to decrease fire intensity.
“Fire activity has eased across some of East Gippsland overnight following some much-anticipated rain, however there is still active fire out there,” the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning wrote on social media.
Fire crews around Dargo were using the opportunity provided by the rain to take much-needed rest days.
Fire warnings are still in place for residents in the Cape Conran area, near the coast, and around the Snowy River catchments.
The heavy rain originally forecast was set to bring flash-flooding, landslides and downed trees in fire zones, making firefighting more difficult.
A State Control Centre spokesman said the rainfall helped to bring more fires in Victoria’s east under control.
“If we had received the higher end of those predicted rainfall totals, that was likely to bring those fires under control. At the lower end, the rain may not necessarily put the fires out,” the spokesman said.
“But we’ve certainly got less fires now that we did a week ago.
“The rainfalls are certainly helping to put those still-going fires out, considering we’ve been working on containing them for quite some time now.”
Isolated storms could cause localised downpours in the state’s east later on Monday but it is more likely that light rain will fall.
Up to 20 millimetres could fall over parts of the region tomorrow, but most areas are set to receive less than 10 millimetres.
With Ashleigh McMillan.
Paul is a reporter for The Age.