August winds fuel fires. We all know by now that when the month of August arrives, winds automatically pick up and make sure that you are fully aware of the fact that the season is about to change, but the howling winds are a huge contributor to veld – and plantation fires.
A strong wind was pumping on Tuesday, 7 August, and according to information received from Mr G. Wright, from the MFPA (Mkhondo Fire Prevention Association), a fire in a municipal plantation was reported.
Upon further investigation, it was found that children from the area were busy making a small fire in order to create smoke to calm a swarm of bees so that they could collect honey. Unfortunately, the youngsters left the scene without extinguishing their small fire properly and due to the gale force wind, the fire spread rapidly into the plantation.
It is very important to know about all the safety rules when it comes to making fires in the open. If you are not well-educated on the matter, rather not light a fire and never leave it unattended as this can easily lead to the eruption of a huge veld – or bush fire that will soon be out of your control.
A big shout-out to all the hard working fire fighters that risk their own lives to fight fires during the fire seasons, the ones fighting on the ground as well as those working in midair.
A lot of us often do not realise the danger that these individuals expose themselves to – what precision skills it take to control an aeroplane in strong winds when trying to extinguish a raging fire, in dense smoke, between rows and rows of trees. A job well done!