An electrical storm coming in from the state’s west has lit up the night skies early this morning and prompted dozens of CFA crew callouts.
Lightning strikes have caused several grass and scrub fires, including one north west of Winchelsea and another at Barongarook south of Colac.
The Winchelsea Fire Brigade say luck was on their side with a lack of wind meaning the fire on the corner of Armytage Rd and Kelly’s lane hadn’t spread far when they were called in just before 5:00am.
“Access was difficult with long grass, rocks and fencing but with the help of private tankers the fire was brought under control quickly,” the brigade posted on social media.
The CFA says many crews out west have been kept busy responding to callouts in the wake of the front that’s now passed through Melbourne.
Scrub and bush fires were also sparked around Hamilton, Warrnambool, Ballarat.