Be alert this fire season!
- 01 May
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Veld fires have been a characteristic annual catastrophe in the past decade destroying over a million hectares yearly. The 2016 fire season recorded 1 652 incidences which resulted in the destruction of 1 197 335.52 hectares of land countrywide. Compared to the 2015 fire season there was a 10.4% and 12% reduction in veld fire incidences and hectarage loss due to veld fires. There is need to maintain the downward trend during 2017 fire season and for that to be achieved a collective approach in fire prevention and management.
As we approach yet another dry period that follows a rainy season which was characterised by above normal rainfall, due to the La nina effect. This promoted the growth of grass, bushes, shrubs and trees in most parts of the country. This resulted in plenty of biomass; material that constitutes the fuel load for potentially violent veld fires.
Protect your properties by constructing 9meter wide fireguards.