As the 2017 winter fire season is drawing to an end, it is business as usual for the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working on Fire (WoF) programme in Mpumalanga. Over the past weekend, eight fires were recorded across the province, largely in the Highveld region, with three fires presently ongoing. Four have successfully been contained and mop-up operations currently underway. The extent of damages caused by these fires has not yet been established, and it remains unclear what caused the fires either.
Working on Fire firefighters, in conjunction with various Fire Protection Associations (FPAs) in the province remain on high alert to offer any additional firefighting support across the province to landowners and local municipalities. In addition, during this year’s fire season (May-Oct) WoF with several FPAs has recorded 224 fires throughout the province.
Fire warning for this week- issued by the SAWS
Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in places over the extreme eastern parts of the Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, north-western KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, except for the Lowveld.
Community members and landowners are urged to remain vigilant and not to start any unnecessary fires. We also urge people to have a watch on the daily Fire Danger Index (FDI) warnings issued by the South African Weather Service.