South Africa — The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga would like to warn residents of possible veld fires due to high temperatures and strong winds. These conditions are expected especially in the Highveld areas of the province from today to Sunday, 18 August 2013.
The department would like to request residents to make sure that they do not start fires in the open veld, all fires are controlled and that they make sure that the fires are completely put out before leaving that area. Parents should take care that children do no start fires. All motorists are warned to slow down when driving in areas where there is smoke.
The department has also instructed all municipalities to be on full alert and standby for any possible fires. Residents must report any fires as quick as possible to their closest fire brigades.