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The fires came by....

NORTH and West Queensland faces severe fire danger, with an outback heatwave predicted in coming days.Birdsville is tipped to peak above 46 degrees, with locals warned to stay indoors at the peak of the heat to escape extreme conditions. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officials have issued the severe fire danger warning for most of the state’s north and remote south-west under soaring temperatures, low humidity and tinder-dry conditions.
Firefighters are battling bushfires threatening properties near Koah and Speewah, west of Cairns, as graziers in the Gulf country grapple with a disastrous bushfire season that has left them with scorched earth and dying cattle. Twelve bushfires are burning across the state with temperatures around 45 degrees Celsius and low humidity predicted for the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, the north-west and Channel Country over the next few days.

More than 750,000 hectares has been burnt out, 20 properties affected and seven cattle stations almost completely burnt out of grass and fodder in the Gulf country near Georgetown. Local MP Rob Katter said it was a disaster zone with the bushfires taking a huge physical, financial and emotional toll on station owners and workers. The Department of Community Safety has also warned locals in the southwest to be vigilant of fires.QFRS Northern Region Manager for Rural Operations Ken Beasley said firefighters were monitoring conditions in the southwest and northern parts of the state. “The weather forecast suggests conditions will ease with expected rain, however a severe fire danger still remains throughout the Central West, from the top of the Gulf Country to the south of the Diamantina Districts,” Mr Beasley said

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Boryon
Boryon
January 11, 2013 17:59

Good luck down there guys.

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
January 11, 2013 18:23

At least a lot of poisonous animals are getting theirs.

LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.
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LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.
January 11, 2013 18:41

God be with y’all.

Guest
January 11, 2013 18:51

This is horrible, Brendan….

LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
LC Moriarty, Imperial Goatherd
January 11, 2013 21:59

Lost 160 acres of forested hills to a wildfire last summer, so I can sympathize. The place looks like Hiroshima. It burned hot, fast and down to the roots. Yet, even a few weeks afterward, there were signs of life returning. This spring we’ll start on reseeding. I’m told that small burnet does a good job of outcompeting cheat grass… Read more »

Boryon
Boryon
January 12, 2013 05:57

LCBrendan says: We can only hope that the fires wont damage the wildlife too much. With luck we can start regrowth soon..the issue is that the fucking Greenies helped block a lot of debris and undergrowth clearance, with the obvious results. You mean nothing has been done after the problems in Victoria a year or 2 back!? I still remember… Read more »

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
January 12, 2013 12:33

Thoughts and prayers for you mate…

LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.
LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech, Imperial Photographer, K.o.E.
January 13, 2013 10:25

LCBrendan says:

Worse. A least three of the fires, the bigger ones….were arson. By children.

Searching around on the news about the fires, I saw a LOT of suspected/confirmed arson cases.
I also found this
Aussies are as compassionate as they are tough,, gotta’ love ’em.

americanexpat
americanexpat
January 13, 2013 11:59

You have my prayers, Brendan. I lived through several bushfire seasons in Oz, in somewhat attenuated form, since I lived in the ACT. But Christmas 2005, when it hadn’t rained for months, and was 42 C on the thermometer with 8% humidity, was bad enough. Total fire ban, for obvious reasons. But there were still fires, plenty of them. Fortunately,… Read more »