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23 December 2011

Measures in place to prevent veld fires

Overberg fire officials on Friday said they increased their ground team to prevent runaway veld fires.

Two years ago, large tracts of land were destroyed by wild fires in the Overberg Mountains.

Overberg Fire Chief Reinard Geldenhuys said, “This year we have been fairly lucky. The weather has been playing its part with fires, not too extreme. We have had a number of fires but we managed to keep them small.”

He added that they have had good re-growth.

“We have got good re-growth. The problem is the large areas are coming to age again. But the areas that burnt two years ago are doing very well,” he said.

- EWN