Harrismith Team identifies fire risks ahead of fire season
The Harrismith Team in the Free State visited the nearest mountain to check fire hazards that need to be dealt with before the fire season.
The team checked and identified dry trees and vegetation that could be a massive fuel should a fire spark in the area. The team did the activity as part of their Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) training which included theory and practical work.
One of the instructors, Vincent Masete, said the aim of going to the mountain was to go check fire related risks. “We identified a few dry trees that we are going to cut as part of fuel reduction prior to the upcoming fire season. This also served as practical training for the Chainsaw Operators,” he told WoFire News.
He said part of what they do included inspection of the team’s equipment to ensure they have enough and that the equipment meets the safety standards.
In 2014, the Harrismith area experienced a fire disaster where farmers lost vegetation and some crops and it was thus important to assess and address fire risks in the area.