An out-of-control bushfire burning in Bunyip in Victoria’s east is dangerously close to two electricity transmission lines linking the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne.

The Bunyip State Park fire has burnt more than 6000 hectares and is racing towards the Princes Highway, starting from multiple lightning strikes on Friday.

“Firefighters are protecting these transmission lines, both on the ground and through water bombing from the air,” a company statement on Sunday afternoon said.

The lines are running at the north of the fire and at the southern border, near the Princes Freeway.

The company operates Victoria’s electricity transmission network and said supply could be exposed to risk.

“However the situation is unpredictable, and may change quickly,” the statement said.

Fire has already damaged power lines and poles in the Gippsland area with outages reported in Toninbuk, Yinnar South and Budgeree.

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