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Vic: The worst is over, fire authorities declare

04 Mar 2009 3:23 PM

Authorities have declared the worst of Victoria's bushfires over .. but now comes the task of rebuilding razed homes and shattered lives.

While the physical reconstruction can begin .. questions remain over how the millions of dollars in the Bushfire Recovery Plan will be divvied up.

Four large fires are still burning .. one contained .. but the forecasts for the next few weeks have allowed firefighters a breathing space.

People in the 78 affected communities are being told there's now time to go home to start the process of grieving and rebuilding .. without the ever-present threat of fire.

Premier JOHN BRUMBY's admitted those who were uninsured may get more out of the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal fund than the insured .. but everyone's likely to get something.