67 wildfires in one week

2010-09-23 14:10

There have been 67 wildfires across South Africa this week.

Working on Fire spokesperson Michelle Kleinhans said today that there had been 19 fires in KwaZulu-Natal, 11 in Gauteng, eight in the Free State, 18 in Mpumalanga, 10 in Limpopo and one in the Western Cape.

Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal were hardest hit.

“Blazes destroyed more than 8 500 hectares near Piet Retief in Mpumalanga. All Working on Fire teams and aerial resources for the region were deployed.”

Mpumalanga disaster management had issued a fire warning for the long weekend.

Kleinhans said this year’s fire season had been severe because of the very dry conditions, with hot, windy weather accelerating the spread of wildfires.

However more than 90% of runaway fires were caused by human negligence, she said.

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