FireGuards as a Fire Management Tool
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What is a FireGuard
It is a belt of land that is cleared of all flammable material in order to control the spread ofveld fires.
A standard fireguard should be at least 9m wide and free from any flammable material
What is a standard fireguard?
A standard fireguard is one which measures at least 9metres wide on either side of a boundary line/fence. It then follows that between two properties, the fireguard becomes at least 18metres wide. Internal fireguards of at least 4,5 metres should be constructed in addition to the existing pathways and roads to ensure extra- protection of properties and other valuables. The width of the fireguards should be increased if the area is surrounded by tall grass.
When are they constructed?
Fireguards should be constructed before the end of June every year. However, we encourage the construction of fireguards to start during the months of April and May, taking advantage of the moisture in the soil.
Where are they constructed?
Fireguards should be constructed around any area that one wants to protect from veld fires. This includes homes, farms, paddocks, woodlots, orchards, nurseries croplands and boundary fences.