Bushfire scarred Vic hit by landslides

Kaitlyn Offer

An area ravaged by bushfires last Christmas is being further battered by the heavy rain lashing Victoria.

The Otways Ranges have been swamped by the downpours, leading to landslides on to the Great Ocean Road, where vegetation had been destroyed.

In December, a bushfire that was sparked by lightning went on to destroy 116 houses in Wye River and Separation Creek.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley says the fire changed the landscape of the region, with burnt homes, trees and debris now removed.

"All those impacts are now converging and making it complex in Wye River," he told reporters on Thursday.

"The amount of rain we've had in the Otways is definitely having an impact and it's actually building upon the negative impact from the fire scar."

Wye River is completely closed off due to road closures because of the landslide risk, Mr Lapsley said.

The rebuilding effort will also be slowed down because of the rains, he added.