Multiple grassfires overnight in Ararat region: firefighters called to Dobie, Wickliffe, Mininera and Lake Bolac

Firefighters had a busy night around the Ararat region with multiple grassfires as a low pressure trough and high winds approached from South Australia.

The largest incident was near the Western Highway and Hillside Road turnoff at Dobie, east of Ararat, where 19 firefighting vehicles spent about 90 minutes bringing a grassfire under control after it was first reported at 11:48pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters were also called to a grassfire at Back Bolac Road, Willaura at 1.23am on Thursday, which took three vehicles about 40 minutes to bring under control.

There were also grassfires reported at Tatyoon Road, Mininera just after 2am and at McInnes Lane, Lake Bolac just before 3am.

It took seven vehicles almost two hours to bring the Mininera fire under control.

The Willaura fire was declared safe at 4:42am and the Wickliffe fire was declared safe just after 7am on Thursday.

As of 9am Thursday, the Dobie and Mininera fires remained as active incidents with both fires under control.

District 16 CFA also responded to a 100-hectare grassfire south-east of St Arnaud on Wednesday afternoon.