Rain, glorious rain,  brings hope of respite from the flames_1


Steady rain over the next two days could help fire crews gain more control over massive blazes ravaging Victoria's east and north east, although four emergency warnings remained in effect as of Sunday morning.

Light mist fell on Sunday at some centres including Bairnsdale, on the western edge of the East Gippsland fire ground.

More widespread cooler conditions are expected to bring respite to the affected areas, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt says.

"The conditions are much cooler, moisture's a lot higher than we've seen over previous days and the winds are also easing off a fair bit, especially through Gippsland today," Mr Arndt told AAP on Sunday.

"Hopefully that gives the fire agencies a bit of a chance to have a go at the fires and try to get a bit more control in there."


Monday is likely to bring similar light steady rain in the same places, with forecasts of up to 15mm through Gippsland and the ranges before clearing up with some finer days ahead.

"There's not a huge amount of wind and still pretty mild conditions continuing all the way through to mid week," Mr Arndt said.

A state of emergency remains in place for Victoria throughout next week.

– with AAP