THOUSANDS of head of cattle are at risk of starvation as bushfires sweep grazing properties in Queensland's Gulf Savannah region.
Graziers are calling on the federal government to declare a natural disaster in the region, which has been ravaged by fires over the past few weeks.
The fires are not yet out and are still destroying feed that supports large herds of cattle.
Will Attwood, the mayor of Etheridge Shire in the state's far north, says even if there's an immediate start to the overdue wet season, it won't resolve the issue.
He told the ABC today the fires had affected 20 sprawling grazing properties, covering almost 250,000ha.
Seven properties had lost pretty much all of their grazing land.
"Even if it (the wet season) starts tomorrow, we'll still be waiting about three weeks for enough grass to be able to grow to substantially feed these cattle," he said.
"And it's still going on. The fires are still burning."