A call to be vigilant during these dry days
16:43 Mon, 12 Dec 2016
A call to be vigilant during these dry days | News Article
Bloemfontein - The number of wildfires has significantly decreased in the Free State Province.


Working on Fire's Wayne Mokhethi says wildfires that were experienced across the provinces this year were not as intensive as compared to past years.

He says although the number of wildfires has decreased, they are still calling on everyone to be super cautious, especially in the current dry conditions.

“We urge communities to be very vigilant, and not to start unnecessary fires, particularly during the dry days. We urge people to remove unnecessary items that pose fire risks”. 

Mokhethi urges people to have contact details of local fire authorities at hand.

"In 2015 we had 392 fire across the province, whereas in 2016 we only had 64 fires. In terms of the amount of hectares burned we had 135 048 hectares, while in 2016 we had 15 773. This means the number of wildfires has significantly decreased. The fires experienced this year were not as bad as those experienced in the previous year.

Mokhethi says they will continue clearing overgrown grass, branches that are overhanging, and doing fire awareness in different communities.

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