Roaring blaze leaves residents worried

Smoke can be seen rising from the fires burning across the veld.

A recent blazing veld fire in the suburb had to be controlled as flames had begun to move towards the houses near Chestnut Avenue. The residents panicked as the fire roared when the wind picked up, leading them to believe that a house was on fire.

The fire was allegedly started by illegal dumpers who set fire to their materials, creating a blaze. Later in the afternoon, the fire died down and no buildings were set alight.

Read more: Veld fire destroys house in Wilro Park

Veld fires will in general spread faster uphill than downhill and with the wind rather than against it. They also spread faster where the vegetation contains quantities of dead plant material.

How to deal with a veld fire approaching your home:

= Make decisions early – carry out the planned response, that is, to evacuate or to stay.

= Dress in protective clothing.

= Wet garden and house, especially on the side of the approaching fire.

= Plug gutters and fill them with water.

= Fill baths, buckets and dustbins with water in case the water supply fails, and have mops handy.

= Seal any gaps between doors and floors using wet towels or similar items.

= Close up the house and screen off the windows.

= Take fire hoses and other fire fighting equipment indoors with you.

= Remain vigilant after the fire front has passed.

Motorists approaching fire or smoke across the road are advised to:

= Immediately reduce speed, switch on the vehicle’s headlights and emergency lights, and if visibility remains good, proceed with extreme caution.

Alternatively …

= If the smoke is heavy and visibility is poor, pull off the road, but not into the emergency lanes. Rather stay as far as possible off the road, before reaching the smoke.

Het jy dalk meer inligting rakende dié storie? Stuur gerus vir ons ‘n e-pos na roodepoortrecord@caxton.co.za (sluit asseblief kontakbesonderhede in) of skakel ons by 011 955 1130.

Vir daaglikse gratis gemeenskapsnuus aan die Wes-Rand, besoek ook ons susterkoerante se webtuistes

Randfontein Herald

Krugersdorp News

Get It Joburg West Magazine

Besoek ook ons FacebookTwitter en Instagram blaaie om jou stem te laat tel!

  AUTHOR
Sonwabile Antonie
Journalist

find your
dream home

looking for an
affordable
apartment

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News

COMMENTS

randfontein_2014_smallkrugersdorpnews_2014_smallgetit Autodealer.co.za
Top
Next Story x
Golf Day celebrations for Roodepoort Rugby Club

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

SUBSCRIBE
to our free NEWSLETTER
!
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Krugersdorp News
Randfontein Herald
Roodepoort Record


Your details:


Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)
Other