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Southern Flinders Fire Fighters Welcome Rain

A BAND of showers across the southern Flinders Ranges has brought welcome respite to firefighters battling a large bushfire near Wilmington this afternoon.

While all flanks of the blaze were now contained, the CFS said aircraft and ground crew would monitor the area and remain on high alert, as it would be “many days” before it was completely extinguished.

The fire has scorched more than 8300ha, killing livestock and ruining properties since it broke out at the foot of Horrocks Pass on Wednesday.

Wilmington Hotel manager Lindsay Martin said residents had spent the day nervously watching the weather to see if today’s forecasted north-westerly wind change would see the fire once again threaten the town.

“It was still fairly windy in the morning, but as soon as it started raining it was a great relief,” Mr Martin said.

Two MFS units were on standby at Wilmington to provide cover today and authorities held two meetings at the Town Hall to brief residents on the fire situation.

Published by – Adelaide Now