Vic Publican Waits Out Moyston Fire

Vic Publican Waits Out Moyston Fire

Vic publican waits out Moyston fire

Margaret Wilson stayed put when bushfires last ravaged Victoria's Grampians region eight years ago.

She did the same as the Moyston fire threatened her town of Maroona on Saturday.

Ms Wilson is the lone publican in a town that consists of her pub, a couple of houses, a small primary school and a corrugated iron CFA shed that's been empty since the Moyston fire broke out.

The blaze, which claimed almost 5000 hectares, was downgraded late on Saturday after a passing storm front damped it down. It is now burning within containment lines.

Standing behind the bar on Saturday, Ms Wilson admitted it had been a nervous wait.

"I was here for two weeks when the Grampians went up last time, and I stuck it out today too," she told AAP.

"I was a bit nervous. I had the cat and the dog in so that, if I could get out, I could just grab them.

"I was planning to totally stick it out, but you don't know."

She said before the front came through conditions were "smokey, hot and very windy" and she was now hopeful the "change is blowing the fire back on itself".

A few local CFA volunteers, including Anthony Brady and Mick Watson of Yalla-Y-Poora (Yalla-Y-Poora), were having a quenching ale at the bar late on Saturday.

"For the size of the fire, كورة لايف we've lost a bit," Mr Brady said.

One home, sheds, fencing and stock.

"With a good night and better weather tomorrow, hopefully we'll be able to wind it right back," he said.