The number of wildfires has significantly decreased in the Free State Province. This is according to the provincial spokesperson of Working on Fire, Wayne Mokhethi.
Mokhethi says wildfires that were experienced across the provinces this year were not as intensive as compared to the past years. He says although the number of wildfires have decreased there remains a call to plead with communities not to start fires during these dry days.
“We urge communities to be very vigilant and not to start unnecessarily fires, particularly during the dry days.” He urges people to remove unnecessary items that poses fire risks and to have contact details of local fire authorities at hand.
“In 2015 we had 392 fires 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 this year were not as bad as the past year.
Mokhethi says they will continue clearing overgrown grass, branches that are overhanging, and doing fire awareness in different communities.
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