The CFA has issued a very high fire danger rating today for Victoria's central and north-central regions, which includes Melbourne.

CFA crews have brought fires at Willaura North and Dundonnell under control but a number of other small blazes continue to burn.

The CFA operations manager at Ararat, Chris Eagle, says a lot of burn-offs on private property that were started yesterday have gone out of control.

"What we'd like people to do today is if they've got burns from yesterday or the day before, to go around and make sure they're patrolling (them)," he said.

Firefighters are concerned about forecast strong, gusty winds this afternoon.

A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds for the North-Central, North East, Central, and the South, West and East Gippsland forecast districts.

The CFA's Tony O'Day says wind gusts of up to 70 kilometres an hour are expected.

"Gusting from the north, combined with dry summer, we've still got some dry grass and fuels out there, and there's just potential for a fire, if it gets a start, to cause some danger," he said.

 

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