Kimberley prepares for fires

2013-08-26 14:05
Forest fire. (AP)

Forest fire. (AP)

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Bloemfontein - The Sol Plaatje municipality will start creating fire-breaks in some areas around Kimberley, spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Monday.

Emergency services had begun doing this to prevent run-away fires from moving into residential areas.

A fire-break is a controlled and preventative veld fire to burn a gap in dry vegetation, creating a buffer between two areas to counter the progress of a fire.

Matsie said areas targeted included the vicinity of a landfill site, Minerva Gardens, the Country Club in Cassandra, Eltoro Park, Petrus Street, Hillcrest, and Southridge.

The municipality would also consider areas where bush or grass had build up next to residential and business properties.

"This process is expected to last for almost a month," Matsie said.

He advised residents in affected areas to close their windows for the duration of the project.

"The fire-breaks will only be done during the day and we apologise for the inconvenience as a result this preventative work."
- SAPA
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