Favourable weather conditions have slowed down a massive bushfire burning in Victoria's east as residents in the town of Licola, 15 kilometres from the fire front, brace for possible impact overnight.
Almost 300 firefighters battled the 48-thousand hectare blaze overnight, as 28 firefighters remained with 10 Licola residents who chose to stay and defend their homes.
Last night, the CFA said the fire was still headed for the town of Licola, but was moving slowly thanks to cooler conditions and calming winds.
The fire began in the Baw Baw National Park on Thursday and had forced the evacuation of homes in Seaton, Licola and Heyfield yesterday morning.
The blaze has claimed the life of a man whose body was found in a burnt-out car in the Seaton area, and at least five properties have been destroyed.