Amazing pictures of fire battle at Harcourt North

FIRE crews were kept busy on Wednesday night after a band of lightning strikes passed through the region. 

A fire which broke out on Harcourt-North Road in Harcourt about 7pm burnt through about 10 hectares of grass and scrub. 

Operations manager Craig Brittain said about 18 resources managed to contain the fire.

No homes were threatened. 

A fire also broke out in Mt Korong, Muskerry, White Hills, Guildford and Metcalfe.  

Police are investigating a fire which started in a shed in Pipers Creek. 

Mr Brittain said a number of the fires in central Victoria were the result of lightning strikes. 

"We have had a number of fires started by lightning which has put a strain on fire crews," he said. 

"Some of the lightning has been dry while some has come with a bit of precipitation which has helped the firefighters." 

Today has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole of Victoria. 

The CFA reminds people it is illegal to light a fire in the open air today.  

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