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Rain quells fire threat but misses Gulf pastures

By Jessica Nairn and Chrissy Arthur, Thursday January 24, 2013 - 15:26 EDT

The Mayor of Charters Towers in north Queensland says it looks as though the region has missed out on flooding rain.

Steady rain has been falling in the area, easing the fire threat that has plagued the region over summer.

Mayor Frank Beveridge says rural fire crews are particularly welcoming of the wet conditions.

"We've had a lot of concerns in Charters Towers around town and in the environs with fire being a fairly big concern after three years of wet seasons, so there's been a very big fuel load around the small country towns, the pressure's eased considerably there," he said.

But Gulf graziers in north-western Queensland have missed out on soaking rain.

Barry Hughes from North Head Station, south-west of Georgetown, says properties affected by bushfires late last year are in need of widespread rain to kick-start pasture recovery.

But he says the system seems to have slipped past without delivering much.

"It is the roll of the dice when it comes to systems in Gulf where we are situated," he said.

"Most of the fire-affected areas in the Etheridge shire have had some relief rain, but it hasn't really kick-started in a lot of places.

"It sort of promised a lot but delivered very little."


© ABC 2013

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