Roadblock on Suttons Grange Road near the fire burning at Sedgwick, near Bendigo.

Roadblock on Suttons Grange Road near the fire burning at Sedgwick, near Bendigo. Photo: Peter Weaving

Firefighters battled through the night to control blazes in the far north of Victoria, as a cool wind change moved across the state bringing gusts of up to 70km/h and threatening worsened conditions.

State Control Centre spokesman Graeme Baxter said about 340 fires were reported statewide, with five potentially major blazes at Pental Island, near Swan Hill, Harcourt and Sedgwick, near Bendigo, Tatyoon, south of Ararat, Tungamah, near Yarrawonga, and Sunset Murray National Park.

‘‘Despite the severe weather conditions yesterday, we had no property, no assets, no stock, no property lost,’’ Mr Baxter said.

Saturday’s temperature peaked at 42 at Mildura before dropping to 19 degrees there around midnight.

Melbourne reached 37 before the change swept in about 4pm, with the mercury falling 10 degrees in 10 minutes.

‘‘The tricky part with yesterday’s weather is that when the cooler change did come through, it did bring some strong dry winds with it ... and that basically changes the direction of the fire by 90 degrees.

‘‘We don’t have any threats today.

‘‘The next possible high-fire danger day is New Year’s Day.’’

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Blake said the highest wind gusts recorded were 107km/h at Wilsons Promotory.

The State Emergency Service received about 375 calls, mainly in central Victoria.

A grassfire near Swan Hill burning along the Pental Island floodway has been brought under control.

Areas around Pental Island and Fish Point were among those worst affected.

The CFA had issued a warning to residents and campers advising of immediate danger.  

A relief centre has been established at the Lake Boga Community Centre.

Speaking yesterday, Pental Island Caravan Park owner Mary Greenham said she believed the fire had been started by lightning.  

“But we’re not too concerned at this point,” she said.

Concerns also rose just before 7pm for communities south-east of Bendigo, including Emu Creek, Harcourt North, Sedgwick, Axe Creek and Sutton Grange.  

A grass fire that had moved fast in a north easterly direction from Sutton Grange Road towards Emu Creek is now under control.

The CFA had advised of properties in danger after the fire jumped Wilkinsons Road near North Harcourt Road.

‘‘With a wind change of that significance any fire that’s running when the wind change moves through has the potential to increase the size of a fire dramatically,” said Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley.

Chief Fire Officer Alan Goodwin said there had been more than 40 fires through Victoria by 4pm on Saturday.

“There has been great work done by the crews right across the state to suppress many of those,” he said.