A SEATON resident has told of his terror at being woken in the middle of the night by the roar of the Gippsland wild fire.
Authorities have reported up to five houses have been lost and conditions are worsening as the wind continues to gust.
Mick MacManus, who lives on Thompson Lane in Seaton, said he was woken by the roar of the fire early this morning,
"I woke up at 2.30, there was a roar, it was coming over the hill," Mr MacManus said.
"I saw flames at the top of the hill and I heard a lot of explosions of gas cylinders and the like.
"It’s a huge big front and came down into Seaton, the house behind me has been flattened."
He said a couple of CFA trucks posted in the Seaton area saved his house but he was now trapped in the town which he described as a ‘windstorm’ with fires along the road sides out.
Much of Heyfield was evacuated last night but some the locals who stayed were bunkering down to wait and see what the fires did.
Heyfield Railway Hotel publican Leandna Milne was waiting the fire out just like she did the last time bushfires ravaged the area in 2006-07.
"We have packed to go…if we have to go we will, but if not we will hang around and provide meals for the CFA," Ms Milne said.
"Most people with kids have left town."
Jamie Watts of Seaton evacuated the town overnight and her father was in the town defending the fire and he said they had lost everything except livestock and their house.
"He said all the locals are getting together with tanks on the back trailers to fight the spot fires," Ms Watts said.
Russel Baker of Cranbourne was also waiting at the Heyfield pub, he abandoned his caravan and boat in the holiday town of Glenmaggie yesterday.
"I was here for the 2006 fires so we left last night…I hope the caravan is still standing," Mr Baker said.