Australian defence forces have used armoured vehicles to get assessors into the bushfire-stranded Victorian town of Mallacoota.
Metropolitan Fire Brigades assessors were taken in the Bushmaster vehicles to protect them from falling trees on the road, a defence spokesman said on Monday.
It comes as the State Emergency Service evacuated more than 100 people from the coastal town on Sunday.
Defence's Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said they were working to reopen roads in the state's Gippsland region.
"The routes are by no means open," Lt Gen Bilton told media in Canberra on Monday.
"It's still unsafe to just freely move along those routes."
Residents and holiday-makers in Mallacoota has been cut off from the rest of Victoria by the recent bushfires, with the bulk rescued by sea.
Lt Gen Bilton said 100 engineers from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force would arrive in the state on Monday to help firefighters with road clearing.
"We're deeply grateful ... they are going to play a key role throughout East Gippsland," Mr Bilton said.
Singaporean defence personnel were also helping get supplies to isolated Gippsland communities by air.
Lt Gen Bilton earlier said the armoured vehicles were used to transport civilians from Mallacoota but defence has since retracted this statement.