Veld fire warning
22 Jul 2009
We urge all farmers and land users to prepare themselves in combating possible veld fires occurring throughout the province. Large parts of the Northern Cape Province are prone to veld fires, especially this time of the year. These sporadic blazes are in the main sparked by the natural state of the vegetation as well as the prevailing winds resulting from the winter season climate conditions that are favourable for runaway veld fires.
Annually, veld fires result in disastrous losses of natural grazing, animals and infrastructure and in some instances can lead to the loss of human lives. Veld fires are a serious threat to the agricultural sector, and land users/ farmers are requested and implored to:
* ensure fire-fighting equipment is easily accessible and in working condition
* be aware of and participate in their local Fire Protection Association (FPA) activities and plans
* control and restrict open fires
* report fires immediately to local fire protection associations, municipalities, extension officers and South African Police.
The department's Sustainable Resource Management division will continuously monitor conditions and warnings will be issued to stakeholders.
Tel: 053 839 786
Cell: 072 215 7848
Issued by: Department of Agriculture, Northern Cape Provincial Government
22 July 2009
Source: Department of Agriculture, Northern Cape Provincial Government (http://www.agrinc.gov.za)
Issued by: Northern Cape Provincial Government
22 Jul 2009
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