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Otjozondjupa communities unite to subdues raging fire

Otjozondjupa communities unite to subdues raging fire

Niël Terblanché

A UNITED force of volunteers spontaneously fought shoulder to shoulder to extinguish the flames of a destructive bush fire in the vicinity of Klein Waterberg that at times, towered more than eight metres above their heads.


Members of Namibia’s farming community, both commercial and communal assisted by residents of various towns from all over northern Namibia battled to bring a raging bush fire that destroyed thousands of hectares of grazing under control.


The fire raged in the commercial farming area to the south of the Waterberg since Wednesday. Before the fire was eventually extinguished it devoured more than 30 000 hectares of winter grazing over several farms.



The fire that at one stage, burned along a line stretching for more than 30 kilometres, started on Farm Selbourne. Exceptionally strong winds blew the flames across the fields and the blaze devoured everything in its path. At times people fighting the fire reported that the flames are up to eight metres high.


As the day broke on Thursday more than 12 000 hectares of grazing was already destroyed.


Members of the framing community assisted by the fire brigade of Otjiwarongo attempted to get the fire under control and battled day and night for two days.


By Thursday afternoon volunteers from farming communities across Namibia joined in the battle against the huge bush fire and by Friday afternoon the was eventually brought under control.


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