Fires near Barkly East under control
THE Joe Gqabi district municipality was still battling fires yesterday after the blazes gutted more than 40 000 hectares of land since Sunday.
The fires continued to flare up and required constant monitoring as most of the flare-ups were caused by roots burning.
The Barkly East Fire Protection Association said the fires‚ which had started on Sunday in the Lady Grey area‚ had spread south over the Witteberg Mountain towards Barkly East.
By lunchtime the fires had been contained and were under control.
The area was in the red in the fire danger index‚ which is the most dangerous band‚ as a result of very dry and windy conditions.
The fires have hit at least 24 farms, of which about 12 are totally burnt‚ resulting in there being no grazing land.
No buildings were affected, but the economic loss is estimated at R6.4-million.
DEVASTATING BLAZE: More than 40 000ha of land and farms have been destroyed by fire in the Barkly East area