UPDATE 3.55pm: Families near Gisborne and Riddells Creek have been evacuated as a bush fire sweeps through the area.
UPDATE, 3PM:The CFA has issued a WATCH AND ACT warning for Macedon and Mount Macedon residents for a fire which started at Gisborne. The warning also applies to Barringo, Cherokee, Kerrie and New Gisborne.
Follow www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/warnings-and-incidents for advice.
UPDATE, 2.45PM: The Malmsbury fire is no longer a threat. Firefighters have stopped the spread of the bushfire in the Malmsbury area and fire activity has subsided.
UPDATE, 1.30PM: 57 CFA resources are fighting a large grass fire at Gisborne. We believe the Calder Freeway is being diverted.
UPDATE, 12.50PM: A small grass fire on Heathcote-Rochester Road at Cornella has been contained.
UPDATE, 11.50AM: The CFA has issued a WATCH AND ACT warning for Kyneton for a fire in Malmsbury.
There is a small grassfire travelling fast in a south-easterly direction from Malmsbury East Road towards Kyneton Metcalf Road.
This grassfire is currently not yet under control.
Continue to monitor conditions as they may change and get worse very quickly.
UPDATE, 11.18AM: The CFA has issued an emergency warning for Maiden Gully.
UPDATE, 11AM: Firefighters have turned their attention to a grass and scrub fire at Maiden Gully.
UPDATE 10.50AM: The Long Gully fire now poses no threat to residents.
UPDATE 10.15AM: CFA are attending a grass and scrub fire in Long Gully.
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UPDATE 8AM: Bendigo's incident control centre has reported no fires in the region so far this weekend.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Sunday will be the worst bushfire threat since Black Saturday.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries fire services regional controller Rob Price said wind gusts posed a severe threat for Bendigo.
"Everything is tinder dry," he said.
"It has been a long period of dry, baking weather matched with winds."
"There is a very high level of concern for this weekend."