A property in Bowral has been saved after coming under threat from a large grassfire this afternoon.
Southern Highlands rural fire service technical officer Wendy Smith said the blaze began when a pile burn got out of control on private property.
She said crews issued a watch and act notice to residents and set up property protection.
‘‘That grass fire was extremely difficult when you’ve got winds up to 85km/h,’’ she said.
The blaze began around 3pm and was contained by 4.15pm.
Strong winds caused havoc throughout the Southern Highlands today, and Ms Smith said volunteers were finding new fires as quickly as they were putting old ones out.
One at Exeter and one at Werai were started when the winds knocked over powerlines.
‘‘They were contained very quickly ... we kept finding more powerlines down,’’ Ms Smith said.