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Hectares of cattle feed lost in Bogantungan blaze

TOUGH FIGHT: The fire has burned out 130,000ha and fighting it remains difficult with unpredictable winds.
TOUGH FIGHT: The fire has burned out 130,000ha and fighting it remains difficult with unpredictable winds. Andrew Beard Emebushfire

FOR THREE weeks, fires have raged near Bogantungan burning close to 130,000 hectares of land, and although there have been no injuries or buildings lost, vital feed for cattle is gone.

Possibly the worst affected was Will Graham, because the fire started on his family property, Withersfield.

"Most of (the feed) it's gone," Will said.

"It burnt a lot of grass next door, it's affected a lot of people and we have been fighting it for a couple of weeks now.

"Our neighbours have been very generous … diverting a lot of their time and machinery to fighting the fire and putting in breaks.

"We thought we had it but then it jumped a fire break we put in and started up again."

Rural Fire Service acting area director for Emerald and Barcaldine Winston William said the fire was started by a lightning strike.

 

"It's currently burning predominately north of Central Creek on Withersfield Station, probably the whole fire has covered 130,000ha."

 

Withersfield Station has been in Will's family since 1954.

"We've had some severe fires before but, in my memory, none so difficult to stop and that have taken so much land," Will said.

Will is trucking in feed but if it doesn't rain soon he will have to take his cattle onto the stock routes.

Topics:  bushfires cattle livestock


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