The community has rallied behind the victims of the fire last week at Dereel, south of Ballarat.

Sixteen houses, 18 sheds and livestock were destroyed by the grass and scrub fire which started last Wednesday.

Fire crews are continuing to fight the 1,300 hectare blaze which is burning within containment lines.

The Mayor of the Golden Plains Shire, councillor Jenny Blake, says people have offered up their homes to the residents who lost their properties.

She wants to hear from anyone else who has a property available in the area.

 

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