Primary producer brigades are battling to bring huge blazes near Jericho and Barcaldine under control.
Primary producer brigades are battling to bring huge blazes near Jericho and Barcaldine under control. Contributed

Wildfires fought in Jericho and Blackall region

LANDOWNERS and primary producer brigades are battling to bring wildfires in the Jericho and Blackall regions under control.

Sparked by lightning strikes from storms on Saturday, the fires have burnt out two properties and thousands of hectares of grazing land.

QFRS Emerald and Barcaldine Acting Area Director Alan Johnson yesterday said firefighters were focusing on blazes at Richmond Hill, Minnamorra and Henley, west of Jericho, with Busthinia badly fire-affected.

To the south, Henley Park was burnt out but neighbouring property owners and brigades were fighting to keep fires from going into inaccessible gorge country.

"At the moment property owners and local brigades are working diligently to contain those fires," Mr Johnson said.

"There is some difficult country which is hard to manage and the weather conditions and the heat are not assisting firefighters."

Ergon Energy crews have been kept busy replacing 14 power poles burnt to the ground.

Reports from field crews were the heat of the fire was so intense that five cross arms were burnt off concrete poles on the main line supplying Alpha and Jericho from Barcaldine.

The Busthinia fire on Sunday tripped the main high voltage line supply the west between Clermont and Barcaldine, cutting power to about 6000 homes for 40 minutes.


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