FIREFIGHTERS from across the state are working to contain seven fires in the Grampians ahead of more high-danger weather today.
Five of the fires were ignited by lightning at the weekend. Across the state there were more than 400 fires, most due to lightning strikes.
In one of the blazes, near Dunkeld, a firefighter was hit by a falling branch and required medical treatment.
Late yesterday, there were more than 200 personnel from the Country Fire Authority, Parks Victoria and Department of Sustainability and Environment on the ground supported by 14 aircraft in the Grampians area.
Five roads were closed along with five walking tracks on the Major Mitchell plateau.
Residents on and near Jensens Road west of Mirranatwa in Victoria Valley were on a high state of alert as the fast-moving blaze approached.
It has already burnt about 300 hectares and late yesterday was moving towards Dunkeld.
A few kilometres south, another fire burnt more than 750 hectares in the Clutterbucks Road area and heavy smoke was drifting over the area.
There have been 20 fires in the Grampians during the past week, but major tourist routes remained open yesterday.
Tourist information centres at Dunkeld and Halls Gap were busy answering inquiries and said yesterday scheduled events had continued.
Crews were also busy at other outbreaks in the region at Lismore, Kariah north of Camperdown, Barongarook West and Irrewillipe near Colac, Melville Forest west of Hamilton and Edenhope.
A fire in an unoccupied house burnt on High Street, Lismore, is being investigated by police.
Ten trucks were used in the small grass fire at Kariah and smoke drifted over Chocolyn and Leslie Manor.
There were five separate fires in bushland south-east of Edenhope caused by lightning strikes on Thursday.
Another fire on the Dergholm-Edenhope Road, Dergholm has burnt more than 115 hectares.
The CFA has advised of temperatures in the mid-30s today with a southerly wind change in the south-west late in the afternoon.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today was expected to be the worst in the past week for fire risk.
He said up to 1075 firefighters, 240 vehicles and 64 aircraft had been involved in shifts during the past four days.