UPDATE: FAVOURABLE weather has allowed firefighters to bring under control a bushfire that threatened the SA town of Port Lincoln.
The huge blaze burned for most of yesterday as winds fanned flames toward the town.
A Country Fire Service spokesman said the winds had dropped about midnight last night, giving firefighters the chance to back-burn and install fire breaks around the fire ground, AdelaideNow reports.
"There's no visible flames on the fire ground this morning," he said.
This morning about 30 firefighters remained on the fire ground, working with bulldozers.
The remaining CFS volunteers will spend the day searching for hotspots and controlling any spot fires. This work is expected to be completed by noon.
No loss of property or stock loss has been reported so far despite the fire front coming within 6km of Port Lincoln.
Before the weather change, the prospects of controlling the fire early had seemed remote.
Last night, CFS spokeswoman Connie Hassouros said it had been too dangerous for firefighters to get near the front of the fire to determine just how big it was.
The blaze, which started about 14km west of the city, had burnt 1200 hectares by 9pm last night. It was first reported at 10.50am.
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