Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Fire threat continues in outback Qld

By Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday January 22, 2013 - 08:41 EDT

While far north Queensland is being hit with severe weather, parts of the interior are still sweltering in hot and dry conditions, with the fire threat still present.

The weather bureau says there is a severe fire danger today for parts of western Queensland, including the Channel Country.

Paroo Mayor Lindsay Godrey says graziers in his south-west shire are desperate for rain because fire and a lack of water on properties is causing hardship.

"For the last three or four months, we've probably had 40 or 50 fires in the area out here," he said.

"We seem to have been [constantly] fighting fires.

"We've lost millions of dollars worth of pasture.

"The hardest thing for most people to handle has been the loss of water, just with these temperatures there has been no let-up but we are ever hopeful out here, I think we are all optimists."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Rains fall across Mallee over weekend but farmers want more

16:36 EST

Broadacre crop growers in the Mallee region of South Australia and Victoria could be able to minimise losses from severe frost if they get more decent rain.

South Australia warned of another severe bushfire season

15:08 EST

The latest bushfire outlook has warned of a heightened risk of fires across South Australia this summer.

Cold change roars through NSW as southeast QLD bakes

13:05 EST

A cold change is sweeping through New South Wales today and it can be seen like never before on the new Weatherzone homepage.