Firefighters were hard at work fighting the first fires to hit the province. Photo: supplied

First wildfires hit Modimolle


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The fire season arrived in earnest when firefighters were dispatched to suppress flames on a farm outside Modimolle.

The winter fire season is only declared on 1 June, but already some fires have flared up in various parts of the province.

In Waterberg, the fire broke out at a private farm just outside Modimolle, according to Working on Fire (WoF) spokesperson, Matema Gwangwa.

She said two teams totalling 25 firefighters were dispatched to the affected farm, which culminated in minimum damage of only five hectares.

The cause of the fire was at the time of going to print, still unknown.

“We are pleading with the communities to report all the fires that they see in their areas to their local fire brigade immediately, and to refrain from starting the fires in open areas, as that might lead to the cause of the runaway fires,” said Gwangwa. She sent a clarion call to motorists to refrain from throwing burning cigarette butt out the window, as they may lead to wildfire flare-ups.

WoF preparations for the 2018 winter fire season kicked-off as fire-fighters from across the province gathered at the Vaalwater Airfield and Tzaneen Showground’s from Wednesday 2 May, to Wednesday 9 May, for the yellow card training camp.

More than 600 fire-fighters were assessed on their level of fitness, whereby they were taken through various aspects of physical and other training.

Gwangwa said the WoF aimed for a 100% pass rate from all fire-fighters during the camp.

2 years ago       17 May 2018