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.