Team extinguishes Tlokweng fires

Team extinguishes Tlokweng fires

24 September 2008

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Botswana — Veld fires, which ravaged some parts of Tlokweng, were finally extinguished on Sunday by a team made up of members of the public and the disciplined forces.

Speaking in an interview, Assistant Superintendent Makgobo Kommerese of Tlokweng Police Station said the fire was first noticed on September 18 around Tlokweng border post and one farm and immediately a team of police officers and BDF was dispatched.

A/Supt. Kommerese however said they were surprised to see the fire burning again at around 4 30 pm the following day between the border post and Magwading lands.
The same team of officers went to extinguish it. It was finally put out at around 7 p.m.

What dismayed the police, he said, was that the fire re-emerged at around 10 p.m. on Saturday and both the police and the soldiers battled with it until early hours of the morning. Their efforts however did not pay any dividends as the fire started again on sporadic spots on Sunday morning.

However with the assistance of the public the fire was finally put out.

A/Supt. said where the fire originated is unknown but they suspect that it could have started across the border from the South Africa.

The extent of the damage caused by the fire is not yet known except that some ploughing fields and large grazing lands have been ravaged.

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