Animals killed, land and properties destroyed in raging Limpopo wildfires

2015-10-11 14:27


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Nelspruit - Limpopo wildfires have flattened 70 000 hectares of land, killing domestic and wild animals and destroying a number of properties, including two guest lodges, Working on Fire said on Sunday.

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“We still have four to six fires that are raging. We have just sent a chopper to assist the four ground teams,” the organisation’s spokesperson Matema Gwangwa said.

“We have not experienced any loss of life.”

Many animals, both domestic and wild, have been killed in the fires that broke out late on Friday across towns in the Waterberg district, including in Mokopane, Modimolle, Mookgophong, Thabazimbi and Vaalwater, she said.

Three residences, two guest lodges, one farmhouse and three vehicles were destroyed.

At first firefighters were battling about 20 blazes, but by Saturday morning this had been reduced to 10. Gwangwa said that the cause of two of the fires – lightning – had had been established.

Gwangwa said the situation was “partly under control” by early Sunday afternoon. She said the fires could be extinguished later on Sunday as long as the weather remained the same and the wind did not pick up.

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