Farmers fighting intense infernos

Ravensbourne Pechy fire is one of three major fires of concern for the QFES

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Scarred landscape: Part of the country burnt near Cressbrook Dam in the Brisbane Valley taken by Gareth Laycock, Kipper, Esk.

Scarred landscape: Part of the country burnt near Cressbrook Dam in the Brisbane Valley taken by Gareth Laycock, Kipper, Esk.

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Esk community together with the council, police, SES personnel and fire fighters have worked tirelessly around the clock.

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It has been a round-the-clock effort by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, police, and residents in the Brisbane Valley as they tirelessly fight the bush fires from the Ravensbourne National Park.

The large, unpredictable and fast-moving bushfire at Ravensbourne is part of the Pechey Hampton fires and was travelling in a southerly to south westerly direction but changed direction and crossed Brennan Road on Monday.

For stud cattle breeder Viv Laycock and her family at Kipper near Esk, they were surrounded by fires from two fronts on Sunday.

"On Monday we were in real trouble once the fire changed from a southerly and south-westerly direction to a north-westerly direction and jumped Brennan's Road," Mrs Laycock said.

The family had spent Sunday moving their cattle from their agistment country at Hampton as they were in the fire line.

Mrs Laycock said the 40 hectare kikuya-grassed land had been leased due to the ongoing drought has since been burned.

She said some 13,500 hectares had been lost in their district and near neighbours' paddocks have been burnt out.

"Some of the embers have travelled 30 kilometres, and the fire was clearly visible from Esk," she said.

"It was a real community effort pulling together with the council, police, SES personnel and fire fighters who have worked tirelessly around the clock."

She said there are five firefighting units on trucks based on their property working the area and two helicopters refilling from the neighbours dam.

Mrs Laycock said she believes these fires will burn for weeks. "The only thing to extinguish them is some decent rain," she said.

The Ravensbourne Pechy fire is one of three major fires of concern for the QFES. It has burned through 8800ha and is 71.5km long near Crows Nest and 5800ha and 50km long at Redbank Creek. QFES warned conditions could get worse on Wednesday with 68 fires currently burning.

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