BEFORE & AFTER: Aftermath of Victorian Christmas fires

AS firefighters make the most of milder weather to strengthen containment lines, Great Ocean Road residents remain on alert for anticipated wind changes.

The grey sky, unsettling quiet holiday season and the occasional puffs of brown smoke create an eerie feeling along the usually bustling seaside destination.

While many locals have been allowed back home and cautiously optimistic holiday makers have returned this week, the danger lingers.

Formerly lesser known nooks, such as Wye River and Separation Creek, were among the worst hit over Christmas, with before and after aerial photos showing the devastation of the bushfire's wrath.

The Vic Emergency website, updated at 12.30pm today, says fire activity in the area has subsided but the fire is not yet under control.

The same warning applies to nearby Kennett River, Grey River, Sugarloaf and Wongarra.

Lynette Hawksworth, who has lived in Kennett River for 38 years, is among those paying close attention to all warnings.

Click through the photos for Ms Hawksworth's story.