Hundreds of firefighters battle out-of-control bushfires in Victoria

Up to 18 homes are believed to have been destroyed in bushfires across Victoria's southwest that have also killed livestock and razed pastoral properties.

The latest toll comes as authorities welcome a cool change overnight that they hope will ease conditions for more than 700 firefighters who are still tackling active bush and grass blazes.

Victoria's emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley says the main concerns are fires at Cobden and Penshurst, where watch and act alerts remain active.

Up to 18 homes are believed to have been destroyed in bushfires (pictured) across Victoria's southwest that have also killed livestock and razed pastoral properties

Up to 18 homes are believed to have been destroyed in bushfires (pictured) across Victoria's southwest that have also killed livestock and razed pastoral properties

The latest toll comes as authorities welcome a cool change overnight that they hope will ease conditions for more than 700 firefighters who are still tackling active bush and grass blazes (pictured)

The latest toll comes as authorities welcome a cool change overnight that they hope will ease conditions for more than 700 firefighters who are still tackling active bush and grass blazes (pictured)

'We're getting on top of the fires. The winds are down. The day's a milder day. The temperature backed off. Today will be a good day in that sense,' Mr Lapsley told Nine Network on Monday.

About 1700 properties remain without power and Mr Lapsley warned those affected might have to make do for a bit longer because power poles and other infrastructure has been damaged.

'To restore the power is a big issue in some parts of those fires.'

Warrnambool Incident controller Russell Manning said his team on Monday will try to bring the eastern edge of the fires under control with six fire bombing apparatus and two helicopters to help.

Victoria's emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley says the main concerns are fires at Cobden and Penshurst, where watch and act alerts remain active (pictured is a fire near Camperdown)

Victoria's emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley says the main concerns are fires at Cobden and Penshurst, where watch and act alerts remain active (pictured is a fire near Camperdown)

Warrnambool Incident controller Russell Manning said his team on Monday will try to bring the eastern edge of the fires under control (pictured is a fire near Camperdown)

Warrnambool Incident controller Russell Manning said his team on Monday will try to bring the eastern edge of the fires under control (pictured is a fire near Camperdown)

A team of 16 vets would also work in the area to assist animals hurt in the fire.

The Colac Incident Control Centre will

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