Parched Central Highlands hopes for 'good downpour'Tuesday November 6, 2012 - 12:59 EDT
Landholders in Queensland's Central Highlands say they have not had any significant rainfall in the past four months.
Irrigator Alex Stewart, who owns a property near Nebo, says the ground is very dry and coastal showers over the weekend did not make it over the Eton Range.
He says they are hopeful there will be rain in the next few weeks.
"This time of the year you're starting to look at the colour of the clouds and hopefully they'll get together and give us a bit of a result as far as rain goes - probably about 50 or so mills like that," he said.
"If it's really heavy rain well a lot of it runs off but just a good downpour would be handy."
Mr Stewart says continuing strong winds are making it almost impossible for landholders to carry out back-burning.
He says the inability to back-burn is making him nervous.
"Oh my word, yes. There's such a big body of grass here and there's such strong winds during the day that a wildfire would just take off no trouble," he said.
"You run too much of a risk of a fire jumping the firebreak and just going on its merry way."
A high fire danger remains in place for the Central Highlands and Coalfields.
© ABC 2012
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