25 September 2018 Read: 80
Extreme weather conditions have played a role in the 13 veld fires that were reported around the Mopani area this last week. The most recent fire reported was on Tuesday at Taganashoek during the hottest day (43 degrees) recorded so far this year. The fire had reportedly jumped over the R71 highway into Tarentaalrand area near the GTM electrical substation by the late afternoon. At that time the entire area suffered a series of electrical power outages due to an electrical pole having been destroyed by the fire leaving high voltage cables on the ground.
The GTM team had still been struggling to restore power to parts of Letsitele valley by 19:00 on Tuesday evening.
At roughly the same time, a fire threatened homes in Modjadjiskloof who were also left in the dark after the flames destroyed an electrical pole in one of the neighbourhoods. By 20:00 on Tuesday evening some residents in Modjadjiskloof still had no power.
The Letaba Fire Protection Association and the other usual role players including Kingsland Farming, Digger’s Rest and the Mopani District Disaster Management had their hands full in their attempts to subdue the flames.
Though they were successful in each of the instances, they urge the public and landowners to exercise extreme caution during the high fire danger days and to join the LFPA to ensure that they have the proper support in case of a fire.
Should there be an emergency on your property, or should you notice a veld fire, please contact one of the following numbers and report the location to either Jaco Rautenbach of Kingsland Farming on 082 219 6423 or the Letaba Fire Protection Association on 076 550 2260.