SAFE: Brisbane resident praises the Queensland Rural Fire Brigade for keeping her informed.
SAFE: Brisbane resident praises the Queensland Rural Fire Brigade for keeping her informed. Liana Walker

Part-time resident thanks community for keeping home safe

JANET Hefferan is stuck in Brisbane helping a client design a ring while her phone is going off with calls and texts letting her know her property 250km away could ignite at any moment.

She's not worried.

On her Eukey property on Pyramids Rd she has two horses and 50 head of cattle and a strong evacuation plan. She's right in the firing line of the Girraween fire and has received several prepare to leave alerts over the past two days.

She's fortunate that her neighbours and her animal carers have been keeping her informed while she continues her work as a jeweller in Brisbane.

"I think having a great community really helps the anxiety levels," she said.

"We've got a really wonderful community that all looks after each other we all have each others backs."

Herself and her husband Vince spend every weekend on the Eukey property while working their day jobs in the city during the week.

They've ensured there's no fuel loads near their house, kept the grass trimmed and the gutters clear.

"I feel quite comfortable knowing we've done everything we can.

"I'm fairly philosophical about it. If you don't live there you've got to accept things get out of hand and things happen to your property.

"That's part of the risk you take."

The local rural fire brigade have also helped keep Mrs Hefferan informed throughout the week.

"The firefighters are just incredible, but it's the community spirit that is just outstanding."

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