VICTORIANS are bracing for another high alert day tomorrow when seven of the nine districts will be on severe fire rating.
Victorian Acting Premier Peter Ryan said all Victorians should remain vigilant for bushfires today and tomorrow.
Mr Ryan visited Snake Valley, west of Ballarat, yesterday which was at the heart of the Chepstowe bushfire that destroyed nine homes and injured 12 people.
Other property, such as garden sheds, fencing and power poles and lines were also damaged.
Initial estimates are that 1150ha were scorched and a number of stock, including some 240 sheep and 600-1000 cattle, were lost.
Mr Ryan said the fire was a clinical example of the type of blaze authorities had been talking about for several months.
"The prospect this season is of fast running grass fires and that is what happened yesterday," Mr Ryan said.
"In a blink it was on top of this community and 1200 hectares have been burnt out, this is exactly what we have talked about."
Mr Ryan said while conditions had cooled, the state was on alert for very high fire danger in parts of the state today and severe fire danger tomorrow.