Fires put people, animals at risk
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.