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Firefighters are continuing to work in steep and difficult terrain to contain multiple bushfires started by lightning yesterday.

Twenty fires are currently burning in remote areas of forest in the north east region.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), Hume Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy, said: “Fire towers detected multiple fires burning in Abbeyard, Dandongadale, Mt Selwyn, Edi, Tallangatta Valley, Sandy Creek, Mitta Mitta and Eskdale.

“We’re hitting these fires hard with aircraft including large air-tankers from Canberra and Sydney, the state’s rappel crews and ground firefighters.

“The aim is to get on top of them with the milder conditions today and during the weekend.

“More than 50 firefighting trucks, dozers and other heavy plant are working in the difficult conditions to construct containment lines and deal with dangerous trees.

“While there is no current threat to the community, residents and visitors have been advised to stay informed.

“Our resources are fully committed to containing these fires while weather conditions have moderated.

“The remote locations of many of these fires is proving challenging for crews and there is a lot of work to do in very difficult conditions.

“Yesterday our crews did great work under severe weather conditions to contain 10 fires including a fire in the Strathbogies which had the potential to significantly impact the community,” Mr Kennedy said.

FFMVic firefighters from Loddon Mallee and Port Phillip regions have been deployed to the north east to assist with the response.

People planning to visit forested areas in the north east this weekend are being urged to check their travel plans and to stay informed about current fires.

For information on all bushfires download the Vic Emergency app or visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au, tune into ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226