Cold weather brings fire risk too

2011-07-26 23:43
Cape Town - Amid the Mpumalanga Highveld’s coldest winter in 20 years lurks another danger, the Working on Fire (WoF) programme warns.

The freezing conditions have turned vast areas of dry grassland, into a "ticking firebomb", the group says in a statement on Tuesday.

Trevor Wilson, General Manager for the Working on Fire Programme in Mpumalanga and manager of the province's Umbrella Fire Protection Association said that 295 wildfires had been reported since the start of the season on June 1.

Working on Fire had assisted at 95 of these fires.

"I am expecting these figures to triple by the end of October," Wilson said, warning that that fuel loads on the Highveld are higher than previous years and very dry.

Heavy summer rain across the Highveld had stimulated grass growth which the cold weather was now turning tinder dry, WoF said.

The South African Weather Service has forecast more very cold weather and snowfall over the southern Highveld.

Other than Mpumalanga, the two other provinces most at risk of wildfire were Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the group's programme manager, Fred Mokgope.

"August is the windy month which means there is a far greater risk of a wildfire gaining momentum and getting out of control," Mokgope said.

- News24
Read more on:    wof  |  mbombela  |  weather  |  fires
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.