UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS are working to contain two major blazes still burning in Victoria ahead of a severe fire danger day tomorrow.With temperatures expected to climb into the mid-30s after a brief spell of mild weather, a State Control Centre spokeswoman said the south west and north central districts faced a severe fire danger rating, with the rest of the state receiving a very high rating.
The hot and dry weather is expected to increase fire activity in the state's alpine region, where almost 250 firefighters have been working to contain a bushfire around Mt Hotham.
"The fire has burnt approximately 6500ha . . . mild weather conditions have quietened fire activity north of Mt Hotham, but it has not yet been controlled," the State Control Centre spokeswoman said.
Two significant backburning operations on Sunday and yesterday blacked out about 500ha.
"This will help limit the potential spread of the fire and assist in the protection of the community and other assets at Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain," the spokeswoman said.
Further backburning will be attempted today, depending on weather conditions, with six fixed-wing aircraft and 19 helicopters.
Harrietville-Feathertop incident controller Tony Long said the backburning would also reduce the likelihood of spot fires.
"Communities around Bright, Harrietville and Mt Hotham are advised that increased smoke is likely to be visible over the next few days while the burning is undertaken and patrolled," Mr Long said.
The 75,000ha Aberfeldy bushfire is also still burning but the State Control Centre spokeswoman said crews had done a "great job consolidating control lines" ahead of the forthcoming hot weather.
Parks Victoria and DSE firefighters conducted backburning operations around Cheynes Bridge and Licola Rd over the weekend, with further work possible today.
Seaton fire brigade captain Graeme Lord said the hot weather was "not real good" as a lot of land had not yet been burnt.
"If anyone sees any rain, send it our way," Mr Lord said.
Residents in fire-affected regions have been warned to monitor conditions and look out for alerts as temperatures rise in the coming days.
Those impacted by the Mt Hotham blaze are invited to attend two public meetings today, at the Rundells Alpine Lodge in Dinner Plain at 11am or at 5pm at the Harrietville Hall.
The Great Alpine Rd remains closed between Harrietville and Dinner Plain, while the Dargo High Plains Rd is also closed from the Great Alpine Rd to Dargo.