Joburg battles veld fires

Joburg battles veld fires

15 September 2008

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South Africa — Fire-fighters have been trying to contain raging veld fires in the Linksfield area, Johannesburg emergency services said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Percy Morokane said fire-fighters have been on the scene since 12:30 pm on Saturday.

“Fire-fighters are using the bucher vehicle, that has specialised mounted equipment, as well as hand-held apparatus called grass beaters.”

Morokane said vast acres of land has been destroyed, which is a concern as the ecosystem had been affected and disturbed.

Meanwhile, 50 people were left homeless after a fire in Alexandra destroyed 22 shacks just before 8am on Sunday.

Morokane said the cause of the fire was not known yet.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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