STAWELL - The community of Stawell and surrounds wasted no time in opening their hearts and homes to the people affected by the weekend fire threat.
Supermarkets, local businesses and volunteer community organisations were all quick to donate goods and their time to the relief and recovery effort that was well underway on Friday.
A Rapid Relief Team was established at North Park, providing food and beverages for tired firefighting crews that had come from all over the state taking time to rest and recharge a stone throw from the staging post and Stawell relief centre.
Hotels and Motels opened their doors to provide accommodation for people in need and local businesses made sure there was a continued supply of water and food.
Halls Gap evacuee Belinda Sanders said the work of the volunteers at the relief centre was amazing.
"They just couldn't do enough for you. I can only hope that we can all return the favour one day for better reasons," she said.
Ms Sanders who has since driven through the devastated Dadswells Bridge area, said Halls Gap had been very fortunate.
"It came pretty close, but we were very lucky to not have it come closer," she said.
Premier Denis Napthine said he was particularly impressed with the rapid response and ongoing support provided by the Stawell community.
"The community spirit at the relief centre is very very positive, and I think one of the great things about Victoria is that we do pull together in tough times," he said.
"We've seen over this week we've had four days of extreme temperatures, we've had challenges with regard to fires, challenges with regard to dealing with heat related illnesses, we've had challenges with regard to electricity and in Melbourne with regard to public transport, but on each and every occasion, the communities responded positively."