Watch out for Veld Fires this Season
- 29 May
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Zimbabwe received normal to above normal rainfall in the 2016/17 season as a result of Tropical Cyclone Dineo. The rains promoted the flourishing of grassthat translates to high fuel load with a high probability of veld fire outbreaks during the dry period.
A fire risk prediction for 2017 indicates that the greater part of the country is at a high risk of veld fire prevalence. Communities should therefore be prepared for fierce and violent veld fire incidences.
That being the case, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is calling upon all land owners, occupiers and users, to put in place fire pre-suppression measures in the form of standard nine (9) metre wide fire guards on either side of a boundary and internal ones of at least 4.5m in breadth.
EMA is working with communities, encouraging them toundertake projects which reduce fuel load such as hay baling and thatch/broom grass harvesting. Furthermore, every farm, village or ward should establish firefighting teams and get in touch with EMA for training.
Hay bailing reduces fuel load and at the same time ensures the availability of stock feed during the dry season.