Rain brings relief to dry and fire impacted parts of the country

Eric Barker, 06/11/2023

Rain across large parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the weekend has brought some relief to dry and fire impacted parts of the state.

RAIN across parts of Queensland and New South Wales has brought relief to some areas where fires have been burning for weeks.

While the storms have fallen across a large part of the country, they have reportedly been patchy and ranging between 25mm and 100mm. Many have told Beef Central it is a good start to the wet season after a dry year.

The biggest falls appear to have been in Central Qld, with much needed rain falling in the Carnarvon Ranges – which have seen some big fires in recent weeks and burn out a lot of grazing country.

One agent told Beef Central that much of the fire impacted area has received between 25mm and 80mm, which he said was a big relief. However, he said the fire damage was pretty extensive, with some of his clients losing 90pc of their properties.

The biggest fall recorded on the Bureau of Meteorology website was at the Gyranda Weir, south of Theodore, which had 97mm. In the Carnarvon area, Mt Ogg had 59mm and Pindari had 69mm.

Potential for summer crops in Southern Qld

Southern Qld has also been a big area for bushfires, which have destroyed many houses in the Tara area and burnt-out grazing country.

That area was also on the receiving end of some good falls, ranging between 25mm and 100mm – prompting many to start talking about summer crops if some more falls are to come.

Northern NSW is in a similar situation with Inverell-based AWN Squires Terry Pyne principal saying that the storms have been very patchy but a good start to the season and a good boost of morale.

Tenterfield woolgrower Jesse Moody gave Beef Central an account of bushfires that swept though his property in this story last week. He said he has since had 26mm, which has well and truly put out the fires on his block – although there are still some fires in the area.

While it looks like the biggest of the storms have passed, some rain is still forecast for north-east NSW and Southern Qld.

Fires still burning in the NT and WA

While the rain has brought relief to the fire impacted areas of Qld and NSW, fires are still prevalent in the Northern Territory and Northern WA.

According to the North Australia Fire and Rangelands Information website, fires are still burning in the Tanami area and across the border in WA. Limited rain has fallen in the area and there have been reports of some lightning strikes causing fires.

The area has been battling fires for months now and accounts for a large part of NAFI’s estimated 2.773 million hectares, which has burnt this year.









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