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Out of control grass fire blazes north-west of Canberra

A grass fire which started on Tuesday and burned almost 900 hectares of land in Mullion, north-west of Canberra has been brought under control, the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Wednesday morning.

 Up to 75 firefighters were working to contain the fire on Tuesday evening, which was burning out of control.

Five aircraft and 30 trucks were on the scene as of 7.30pm.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said the fire crossed Mountain Creek Road at 2.40pm, but had not threatened properties.

The fire was in the area surrounding the Burrinjuck Dam and a lot of smoke was visible from North Canberra.

NSW Rural Fire Service's Ben Shepherd said an air crane had also been used to slow the spread of the fire when it entered forest land late Tuesday afternoon. 


The grass fire had burned through 882 hectares of private land as of 6.47pm.

Mr Shepherd said on Tuesday night that crews were focusing on controlling the north-eastern fire flank.

He said that mopping up operations would now start. "There's still a lot to do in the coming days," Mr Shepherd said. 

Mr Shepherd said while the fire was in a remote area, "given weather conditions, we are throwing a lot of resources at it to get it under control".

The Queanbeyan Rural Fire Service said the grass fire had also pushed smoke towards Queanbeyan and that they had two crews at the ready.

Mr Shepherd said on Tuesday that the fire was burning in an easterly direction on steep rugged terrain.

"At this stage it is burning in grazing country east of Mountain Creek Road," he said at 2.15pm.

Mr Shepherd said properties were not under direct threat and no one had been evacuated.

The fire burned  late into Tuesday evening.

"Tonight temperatures are likely to come down and humidity to come up, so whist it is putting up a lot of smoke we do not have major concerns at this stage," Mr Shepherd said on Tuesday. "There are only a few isolated properties to the North of the fire, but may move some smoke towards Yass".