Warmer temperatures are expected to increase the risk of bushfires in parts of Victoria within days, after more than 100 blazes were brought under control across the state.
About 30 fires were still burning in Victoria on Friday, including 20 in remote patches of forest in the northeast.
That came after the Country Fire Authority recorded more than 150 blazes on Thursday, when record-breaking temperatures and strong winds lashed the state.
Thousands of Victorians have had their power returned after the gusty winds brought down trees and powerlines.
Only a few dozen properties on the Powercor and AusNet networks were without power by late Friday afternoon.
The companies had earlier warned up to 60,000 properties could spend the first half of the day without power.
More than 1000 requests for help were registered by the Victoria State Emergency Service on Thursday, with crews responding to more than 22 fallen powerlines and 130-plus separate faults.
Meanwhile, firefighters extinguished a grassfire close to homes in Strathallan, south of Echuca, that forced six families to evacuate.
The CFA believes lightning or campfires started many of Thursday's fires.
An advice warning remains in place for Strathallan, Fairy Dell and Nanneella, where locals have been assured they are not under threat, but should stay informed and monitor conditions.
Thursday's fires came as Melbourne broke a 100-year-old temperature record for November, with the mercury hitting 40.9C and creeping well into the 40s in the Mallee region and northern country towns.
A total fire ban in place for all of Victoria was lifted on Friday, but the state government is warning that the early start to the bushfire season doesn't bode well for the months ahead.
"This shows us what the risks will be in summer around Victoria, so we still have a long way to go to be ready," Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said.
Temperatures cooled on Friday, with emergency services now turning their attention to Monday when the temperature and fire risk are set to rise again, a CFA spokesman told AAP.
On Monday the temperature is expected to reach the high 30s in the state's north, the driest part of the state, and 32C in central Melbourne.
Australian Associated Press