Velt fires: Community honoured for efforts

2010-10-28 00:00

THE KwaMemela fire-wise committee in Donnybrook was yesterday honoured by the Working on Fire organisation for its contribution to help reduce veld fires in the area.

One-hundred-and-fifty volunteers were awarded certificates for their contribution to help fight and prevent fires in the area.

Media and communications officer for the Working on Fire organisation, Mathuli Mtsweni, said the community had contributed significantly into reducing the fires that previously ravaged the area by teaching community members how to prevent fires.

“This area previously had a problem with fires which burned down their homes and destroyed their livestock,” she said.

“As part of the Working on Fire initiative, the committee taught the community how to be fire wise and about the unnecessary fuels that help the fires spread.”

Simon Ngubo, the chairperson of the KwaMemela fire-wise committee, said they had managed to reduce the fires in the area by up to 90%.

“This is a rural area with many trees that fuel the fire so we taught the community to remove those trees and to be fire wise and to burn proper fire breaks around their homes to prevent the fires from damaging their homes.”

Thomas Mackenzie of Working on Fire said the event marked the end of the fire season which had been successful for the community.

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