02nd November 2023

The Great Woodchip Fire of 2023 … what now?

It has been dubbed ‘the Great Woodchip Fire of 2023’. It destroyed 200 000 tons of woodchips at NCT’s Richards

24th October 2023

Big boost for the bakkie-sakkie

Every land manager knows that early detection and rapid response is the best method for keeping your property safe from

17th April 2023

‘Our roots are in timber’

Safire has evolved from specialist timber insurer to offering a diversified range of insurance products, providing protection to clients in

17th February 2023

Local wildfire detection system shines

The South African-developed FireHawk wildfire detection system has been found to be the most effective fixed fire detection and reporting

13th January 2023

Mega-fires, politics and the force of nature

The number and severity of out-of-control wildfires are increasing around the world, causing untold damage to the environment, to infrastructure

09th January 2023

Military approach to fire prevention at Montigny

How the Montigny team keep unwanted fire out of their Eswatini plantations … A return to sound forestry practices of

29th September 2022

13th Fire Management Symposium coming up

‘Preparing for the next Mega Fire Event’ is the focus of the upcoming Fire Management Symposium being hosted by the

13th July 2022

Keeping a wet-deck hydrated after a megafire

by Roger Parsons and Ritchie MorrisA devasting fire started on 7th June 2017 and swept through Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg

28th June 2022

Preparing for the next mega fire

‘Preparing for the next Mega Fire’ is the theme of the 13th Fire Management Symposium, scheduled to be held at

28th June 2022

Mulcher stops southern Cape wildfire

Quick thinking and quick action by an MTO forester and a mulching contractor stopped the spread of a wildfire that

27th January 2022

Discovering the cause and origin of a destructive wildfire

Fire expert Dave Dobson was hired to find the cause and origin of a wildfire that left a swathe of

15th October 2021

New association for wildland firefighters launched

A new association for Wildland Firefighters has been launched in South Africa. The Association for Wildland Firefighters (AWF) represents the

28th September 2021

Protecting forestry equipment, operators & the environment from fire

If you are buying a new Tigercat machine from AfrEquip, there is a good chance that yourequipment will come with

25th May 2021

Preventing fires, planting trees & locking up carbon

A partnership between Fogmaker South Africa and the Platbos Conservation Trust is contributing to the reforestation of the unique Platbos

17th May 2021

Paraquat or not?

Paraquat - widely used in South African forestry to prepare tracer belts before burning firebreaks - is facing world-wide bans,

21st April 2021

Sawdust fires and the law

Despite the fact that sawdust piles are fire hazards, they are very unlikely to spontaneously combust as a result of

26th March 2021

Like a bolt out of the blue

South Africa receives around 25 million lightning strikes a year, and Piet Retief is the ‘Lightning Capital’ of SA. While

24th February 2021

How to calculate plantation fire damage

So you have had a fire in your plantation and you need to value the extent of the damage in

11th February 2021

Post-fire de-briefings a vital key to effective fire prevention

A recent investigation undertaken for a forestry client into the occurrence of numerous fires in plantations belonging to the company

25th November 2020

Ponsse forwarders conversion to fire fighting units

Purpose-built forwarders are designed to operate effectively in difficult terrain, so why aren’t they used to suppress fires in wildfire

14th October 2020

Hot Forestry Tips

Another reason to retain forest floor litter Forest floor litter is widely regarded as a fire hazard and is often

20th August 2020

Fire – ever-present risk in mulching operations

Unlike most engine compartment fires in traditional mobile yellow machines (which start due to mechanical failure of a hose or

05th August 2020

Forestry Support Programme reduces fire risks and creates jobs

Working on Fire (WoF) and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) have launched a support programme to improve

27th July 2020

Useful tips for a safer fire season

By Jaap Steenkamp, CEO of the SA Forestry Contractors Association The fire season for the 2020 summer rainfall area is

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