ALMOST 100 hectares of timber, valued at over R1 million, were damaged by a fire at the Bracken Timbers plantation in Greytown recently. It is believed the fire started on a neighbouring property before it spread to the timber plantation. Fire fighters from Bracken were dispatched to the area to extinguish the fire that threatened to spread to the entire plantation. Bracken forestry director Andrew Merson told the Greytown Gazette that the cause of the fire has not been established.“Bracken responded to a call out at approximately 12.30 pm in the afternoon. “The original cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, but it started on a neighbouring property and spread onto Bracken’s property under extremely bad weather conditions (high orange fire index, with high temperatures). “The fire spread extremely quickly and we are thankful that no one was hurt or injured in the process as we were able to get our own teams into safe areas,” he said. Merson said the fire was eventually brought under control in the early hours of Friday morning after weather conditions had changed to cooler temperatures with calmer winds, which allowed ground crews to extinguish the flames.“The extent of the fire on Bracken’s area was around 200 hectares, of which just over 70 hectares was planted to trees. The value amounts to approximately R1,3 million, said Merson. “I would just like to take this opportunity to once again thank my team and each and every member of our community who assisted in bringing the fire under control, we as Bracken are very grateful for their assistance,” Merson said.