Jerilderie fire contained

10.30AM: CONTAINMENT lines on a fire near Jerilderie held overnight and firefighters say kind weather conditions should mean they will gain control of the now 3100 hectare blaze. 

Incident controller Lindsay Ashbrook praised the more than 100 firefighters who fought the fire under trying conditions yesterday with winds roaring at more than 45km/h.

"It's been a tremendous effort from the people on the ground and operators to contain it, especially in conditions like they had yesterday. It was pretty horrific out there," he said.

"We were able to catch it up because for most of the day we were chasing it."

Mr Ashbrook said no properties had been lost but 72 sheep had died. He said that number is expected to rise.

Two properties were impacted but they were able to be protected.

The fire is 12km west of the Jerilderie township and Mr Ashbrook said while there were some concerns the town would be under threat, strong fire breaks to the north and west of the town meant he was confident they could keep it from running through the community.

Mr Ashbrook said south-westerly winds of up to 25km/h at its worst  will be "kind" to the firefight.

"The winds have gone around to the south-west so that it's pushing the fire back onto itself and that'll stay there all day."

Strike teams from the Southern Border Rural Fire Service in the Albury region have gone there this morning as well as specialised chainsaw crews to fell trees.

Southern Border RFS manager George Alexander said with the fire threat at bay, today was about supporting neighbours.

"We'll be consolidating and supporting our friends and neighbours...because you never know when I'll want them to come and support me," he said.

Mr Alexander said the Henty fire has been contained.

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