Gilmore fire under control

Gilmore fire under control

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The view from Gadara Lane, near the Visy mill.

Fire-fighters have brought under control a fire which raged at Gilmore yesterday afternoon, burning more than 150 hectares of farmland.

The fire began at about 6pm near Whatman’s Lane, a couple of kilometres west of Tumut. Under gusty winds, it quickly spread uphill towards the Visy mill and Gadara Lane, and then south-east in the general direction of Tumut, before winds again fanned the fire in a north and north-westerly direction.

Helicopters and about 20 fire-fighting units, including the RFS, Fire and Rescue, Forestry and National Parks, battled the blaze, with a priority on saving houses in the vicinity.

Helicopters water-bombed the fire up until dark, at which point they were grounded, which coincided with a change that brought more benign conditions.

Overnight, fire-fighters brought the fire under control.

There have been no reported damage to buildings or other structural assets.

The RFS has not yet determined a cause of the blaze and will conduct an investigation.

Scattered showers are predicted today as fire-fighters continue to mop up hotspots.

The view from the Snowy Mountains Highway, just west of the Tumut town boundary.
The view from the Snowy Mountains Highway, just west of the Tumut town boundary.