Power station under threat from fire in Victoria

FLAMES were edging a major power station in Victoria's Gippsland region on Monday night as the state continued to suffer through its worst fire threat since Black Saturday.

Yallourn Power station in the Latrobe Valley was in lockdown as fire-fighters worked to strengthen containment lines in the west, where the blaze was burning through nearby bushland.

The town of Morwell was cut off for most of the day as the Princes Hwy was closed in both directions and only opened in one lane in the early evening.

Homes on the outskirts of town were confirmed lost in the morning but by night time the alert had been down graded to Advice level.

Seven emergency warnings remained in place for fires burning across the state.

Residents in the Bylands region were being evacuated while those living at Kilmore east and Chin Chin were told it was too late to leave and to seek shelter.

Chief Fire Officer Alan Goodwin told reporters in Melbourne on Monday that the hot and windy conditions which had sparked the fires at the weekend had eased but there was still "a lot of work to do".

He urged anyone living in or travelling through fire impacted areas to regularly check the Country Fire Authority's website www.cfa.vic.gov.au and listen out for radio updates.


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