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Veld Fires 2011
The total burnt to date in the FREE STATE (as far as can be ascertained) is 117 943 Ha in 223 Fires, this is substantially down on last years total of 474 265 ha the decrease can be attributed to late rains, deep snow falls and better levels of compliance in certain areas.
The area affected the most by veld fires in 2011 is the North Central Free State comprising the local municipalities of Moqhaka and Ngwathe as well as the South western Free State Mohakare Local Municipality. The areas that burnt the most are areas where the level of compliance in terms of the Veld Fire act.
46 Fires originated from state property
Fatalities and Injuries
2 people were killed in a car accident and a labourer in the veld in a 22 000 ha fire on the 23rd of August in the Ngwathe local municipality that allegedly originated from a municipal rubbish dump sight in Ngwathe, 5 people were apparently also injured in the same accident in this fire. 2 other fires also allegedly from municipal rubbish dump sites in Ngwathe destroyed a further 8 000 ha on the same day.
2 People were injured in a shack fire on a farm in the Bethlehem district on the 11th of August their current status is unknown
2 houses on the outskirts of Bloemfontein in a veld Fire
1 House in a fire Ngwathe
8 sheds containing implements were destroyed (one in Bloemfontein)
1 Tractor, one truck and a boat were burnt out.
Stock losses (available Figures only)
600 Sheep, 34 Head of cattle and 12 Ostriches
DD Forest and Veld Fire Oversight