Rain has continued to lash Victoria, presenting some challenges for emergency services in the state where a dozen bushfires are burning.
But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he'd rather they be dealing with challenges such as land slides than a hot northerly wind which could whip up ongoing blazes.
Dry lightning sparked 44 new fires in the state on Wednesday amid hot and windy weather, but most were quickly dealt with by firefighters.
There were still 12 fires burning in Victoria on Thursday, the worst of which are in East Gippsland and the northeast.
Most are burning at the advice level, but one out-of-control blaze at Buldah in East Gippsland is subject to a 'watch and act' alert, with aircraft set to battle the flames as soon as conditions permit.
"A change in weather conditions has made this fire more active," Emergency Management Victoria warned about 8:30am.
A cool change that swept across the state on Wednesday brought widespread rain averaging between 25mm to 30mm across Melbourne overnight.
Conditions haven't been as wet in bushfire-affected regions, with scarcely any rain east of Bairnsdale, which received less than 5mm.
The State Emergency Service received more than 500 calls for help in the 24 hours to Thursday morning, about 360 of which were for fallen trees and only nine of which were for flooding.
Mr Andrews said storms from recent days, including rains which have hit bushfire-affected areas, are providing challenges for firefighters, including land slippage and slides.
"It can be very dangerous, but it's much better than a hot northerly wind," he told Nine's Today on Thursday.
A severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology is in place for strong winds in eastern elevated areas on Thursday, with further gusts to develop in parts of the state's south.
But the rainfall will give way to clear skies on Friday and temperatures expected to stay in the low 20s until Monday.
Victoria's bushfires have so far burnt more than 1.5 million hectares, mainly in the state's East Gippsland and northeast regions.
Ahead of planned travels during the long weekend, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp urged Victorians to remain vigilant.
Australian Associated Press