Are you prepared for the fire season?
- 06 Apr
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Veld fires have become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, causing unprecedented damage to Zimbabwe’s natural resources, forests, animal habitat and even leading to the loss of lives and valuable property. Simply defined, veld fires are blazes that get out of control, become wild, and destroy extensive tracts of forests, grasslands, animals, people and their properties in the process.
According to the Environmental Impact Assessment and Ecosystems Protection Regulations (Statutory Instrument 7 of 2007) the fire season starts on the 1st of July up to the 31st of October. During this period, no one is allowed to start open fires. It is called the fire season because veld fires are prevalent during this time of the year, especially between June and November which are characterised by conducive weather conditions for the spread of fires such as strong winds, hot temperatures and arid conditions. During this period the fuel load (e.g. dry leaves, wood, dead plants and grass)is high and more susceptible to fires.The heavy rains that the country received in the previous agricultural season have resulted in long grass and healthy plants; these pose a lot of danger as they drive the spread and increase the intensity of fires. As we approach the fire season, it is therefore particularly important for us to take stock of the destruction caused by veld fires in previous years so that we put in place measures that will protect our lives and properties.