WHEN farmers in southeastern Namibia took stock after battling a giant grass fire they realized that in the region of 57 000 hectares of grazing was destroyed.
The fire, blown along by strong winds raged on farms between Gochas and Aranos in an area known locally as the “Langbeenpad”.
The fire could only be controlled through cooperation of all volunteers and helpers and members of the Namibian Police from the two small towns in sparsely populate Kalahari Desert.
The fire was brought under control during Wednesday night by about 50 firefighting teams supported by the local communities.
The break in the devastation came after the wind calmed down at sunset.
It was reported that nine farms were severely affected by the blaze.
In the meantime, several new fires broke out on Thursday.
Farms in the area of Uhlenhorst were affected by a fire that could however be controlled once the direction of the wind changed.
A fire was also reported to the north of Rehoboth late on Thursday afternoon. The flames spread quickly in the direction of Bahnhof, but dedication from residents and farmers brought the blaze under control as the sun was setting.
Despite the best efforts and dedication of several firefighting teams the faire in the farming area between Outjo and Otjiwarongo raged for a third day in and around the Paresis Mountains.
In this case farmers also already lost in the region of 30 000 hectares of grazing. Nine farms in the area suffered severe damage.
Late on Thursday afternoon farmers in the Nina area reported a large bush fire near the Arnhem Caves.
Desperate calls for help were answered and firefighting teams are set to battle the blaze into the night.