Ghana — Mr Evans Osei-Worae Nkoranza South Municipal Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has appealed to religious leaders to educate their members on the causes and effects of bushfires to the environment and economy. He cautioned the youth against group hunting which was a major cause of bushfires.
Making the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Nkoranza, Mr Osei-Worae pointed out that the current weather conditions indicate that the harmattan would be severe therefore; there was the need for the people to be careful about the manner they handle fire both at home and in the communities.
He expressed concern about bushfires becoming an annual ritual despite the intensified education especially in the rural communities. Mr Osei-Worae urged traditional rulers, assemblymen and women and the unit committees to educate their people to be cautious in handling fire.
He advised palm wine tappers to be extra careful in their operations, while farmers preparing their lands for farming should engage the services of community fire volunteers when setting fire to prevent bushfires.
He appealed to opinion leaders to check illegal chainsaw operations in their communities which were affecting the environment.
The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.