Fires put peo­ple, an­i­mals at risk

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS -

We’ve had a cou­ple of veld fires to re­spond to over the Christ­mas hol­i­days in­clud­ing small fires around town. I will only re­port on two - the ones this week in Martin­dale and in the In­dus­trial Area.

Martin­dale bush fire

On 31 De­cem­ber 2016, a bush fire call came through to the Fire De­part­ment Control Room from one of the farm­ers at Martin­dale.

No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived.

A crew re­sponded and found a large area of bush well alight; how­ever, the fire was still burn­ing on the moun­tains where our fire en­gines could not reach. One of the farm­ers told the of­fi­cer in charge of the day (abaphakuli beenyosi)!!!

In­dus­trial Area veld fire

A fire was re­ported on 2 Jan­uary around 6am.

Crew re­sponded with four units – a bush fire ten­der and two medium pumps, and the fire was put out. The same day a fire was re­ported by the SPCA in the same area. Fire crews re­sponded im­me­di­ately. There were three fires al­most at the same time, in the Gra­ham­stown area and Martin­dale.

Prop­er­ties were in dan­ger in the In­dus­trial Area and Worces­ter Mews and so were lives.

The lives of the fire fight­ers and res­i­dents were in dan­ger.

Live­stock in the area were also at risk.

We nearly lost the old Coro­brick build­ing - but here too the rain saved the day, thank God.

Sus­pected cause: Con­trolled burn­ing with no per­mit.

THE STA­TION COM­MAN­DER SAYS:

Don’t start fires that you can­not ex­tin­guish

Don’t burn refuse in res­i­den­tial ar­eas

Ob­tain a per­mit for con­trolled burn­ing from the Fire De­part­ment, who will guide you on safe prac­tice

Re­port fires timeously, be­fore they get out of control.

Vuyokazi Sam is the Sta­tion Com­man­der, Makana Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices.

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