Twelve aircraft and 24 vehicles joined forces to tackle a fast-moving fire that broke out at Langi Kal Kal on Friday morning.
The big air fleet, which included an Erickson air crane and a Hercules air tanker, were dispatched to the fire on the slopes of Mount Misery, northwest of Ballarat, about 10.30am.
Pilots worked together over radios to fight the blaze, coordinating assaults over wind turbines and dropping retardant to prevent the fire spreading as ground crews watched on.
It was brought under control about 12.40pm after burning through 42 hectares of grass and scrub.
CFA District 16 duty officer Malcolm Bruce said ground crews would remain at the scene late into the evening to ensure the fire did not reignite.
It remains unclear what the cause of the blaze was after it broke out on a total fire ban day.
Meanwhile, a woman in her 60s was injured after power lines reportedly fell down on the Glenelg Highway in Skipton about 10.50am.
She suffered soft tissue injuries and was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Electricity company Powercor recorded mass power outages across areas surrounding Ballarat on Friday afternoon, with areas including Mount Mercer, Leigh Creek and Waubra affected.
EARLIER 12.40pm: The fire has now been contained, with fire crews to remain on scene throughout the afternoon.
Incident controller Kade Dowie said there had been four tactical aircraft and 15 CFA tankers with support from DELWP crews.
It is believed to have burnt at least 42 hectares.
“We’re comfortable no property or people are under threat but given weather conditions and the nature of the day we need people to remain vigilant,” Mr Dowie said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is being being suspecting as suspicious.
It is likely it was an accidental ignition, Mr Dowie said.
12.20pm: There are still 23 units fighting the blaze.
There has not been an official update from the CFA as yet, although there is still not believed to be any threat to communities.
The Courier has contacted the CFA and will post an update as soon as one comes to hand.
It is currently 35.1 degrees in Ballarat.
11.25am: There are now 10 aircraft fighting the fire from the sky.
The Large Air Tanker will depart from Avalan Airport shortly, according to the CFA.
There are 23 crews fighting the blaze, including the air crane, a smaller helicopter and a fixed wing air craft.
A third helicopter is above them all coordinating where to drop water.
The temperature (measured at the Ballarat airport) is 34 degrees and rising.
11.05am: There are now 22 fire units fighting the blaze.
The CFA is warning of possible spotfires starting elsewhere.
The current warning message is that there is no danger to communities.
10.45am: A grassfire is burning out of control to the south-west of Waubra.
A total of 13 fire crews are currently fighting the blaze just off Beaufort-Waubra Road, near Mt Misery.
Air support has also been called in to fight the fire.
The grassfire is travelling in a southerly direction.
Langi Kal Kal/Mt Misery 11:50am— Incident Alert - D15 (@IncidentAlert15) January 18, 2018
Over a dozen tankers and aircraft are tackling a fire south of Beaufort-Waubra Road with reports of possible spotting occurring.
10:40am Temps @ Ballarat 28.1km away (1 hr old)
Wind:35.2 km/h N gusting 42.6 km/h
The CFA has issued the following alert:
The temperature at the Ballarat Airport weather station was 32.1 degrees at 10.30am, with northerly winds averaging between 30-35 km/h.
Follow this link for CFA updates.