Windy season leads to FS veld fires

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The public is urged to be extra vigilant during the windy season in Central SA, as veld fires spread rapidly due to increasing winds.

Working on Fire spokesperson, Wayne Mokhethi, tells OFM News 16 veld fires were recorded in parts of the Free State in the last few days, adding many veld fires were burning concurrently, as much as three at once.

He says no casualties were reported during the fires and asks residents to report any fires to their nearest fire station. Mokhethi says they have increased area patrol during the fire season across the province.

Mokhethi says  the team was dispatched  to various parts  of the province where veld broke out, adding Bloemfontein recorded  the highest  number of  fires at  eight,  while Clarens experienced four, Golden Gate  two, and Qwa Qwa and Marquard  recorded one fire each this past weekend.

He says  that  is  common this time of the year due to dry and windy weather that veld fires picks tremendously due to windy weather.

He says no casualties  were reported during  the  fires and  further urged  residents to report any fires to their nearest fire station.

Mokhethi also  warned residents  about the danger of fires and  says they have increased area patrol during the fire season across  the  province.

OFM News /Michael Tlhakudi