Threats to Forests

Let’s Protect our Forests – Prevent Fires!!!

FIRE CAN DESTROY

  • Fire destroys forests, pastures, homes, fields & livestocks.
  • Fire kills people.

 

FIRE PREVENTION

  • Prepare fireguards early in March / April – June.(Fireguards must be more than 9 meters wide. You can do this by ploughing, harrowing or practising early – burning.)
  • Use fireguards to protect your fields, pastures, homesteads as well as forests.

FIRE FIGHTING

  • Form fire-fighting teams in your communities.
  • Put in place community fire alert systems (drums, whistles, bells).
  • Fight it using tree branches, fire beaters, shovels, water bowsers, fire tanks.
  • Report cases to Community Leadership, Forestry Commission, Zimbabwe Republic Police & EMA.

 

FIRE DANGER RATING

  • Know the danger or risk of fire spread before starting any fire.
  • Means that it is safe to start a fire.
  • Means that you can start a fire; but with caution.
  • Means that you must not start open fires.
  • No open fires between 31 July and 31 October.