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Press Release

1 September 2008

published by Working on Fire Programme 

South Africa — Veld fire situational report as at 14h00 1/9/08

NB.  This reflects only the incidents that are known to Working on Fire and is not a complete overview of the country sitrep.


Injuries : Mpumalanga 23 burn wounds, mostly civilians, no WOF personnel.

Deaths : Mpumalanga 3  [ unconfirmed] civilians

Deaths : KZN 8 .- 7 civilians and 1 non – WoF bomber pilot.  


Mpumalanga: 14 new fires today.

KZN : 3 new fires today  

No incoming info from other areas at this stage. Some cooling along the Zululand coast at Richards Bay.


Weather forecast : From Bloemfontein across to KZN/ Eastern Cape  and northwards, the forecast is for Yellow/ Orange from tomorrow through to Saturday across the entire region. By Saturday Danger Index will move back up to Orange /Red. Currently, due to strong winds, some aerial operations are suspended.  Caution should be taken when driving – bad visibility, debris on the roads, strong winds.


Total fires since the start of the weekend and estimated damages:

41 KZN – 10,000 HA damaged

49 Mpumalanga – 22,000 HA burnt of which 13,000HA is forestry

11 Free State – 26,000 HA mostly grazing.  Undetermined number of stock.

5 Gauteng  – ? HA damaged.

1 EC  – [ Langeni – 3 days and ongoing in Timber 2000HA lost]

1 NW – SAPS training centre at Thabazimbi. NDMC assisting with Oryx.

14 Limpopo  – 1000HA lost


Sawmills damaged/ destroyed.

2 MPU – Piet Retief sawmill plus 10,000tons stacked timber,

Nelspruit Sawmill.

1 Limpopo – Tzaneen.


Threatened  – 4 sawmills at Louis Trichardt – unconfirmed damage.


Damages KZN [ Unconfirmed] 30-40 rural settlement homes near Dargle, Racehorses/ Stables,

I house at Drakensberg Sun Hotel.

Livestock – unestimated at this stage.


Working on Fire Firefighting Crews deployed at firelines:

13 crews Mpumalanga
3 crews Limpopo
4 crews Gauteng
13 crews KZN
3 crews EC.


Val Charlton
Advocacy Manager
Working on Fire

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