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

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

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

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

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

Hot Forestry Tips

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

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

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

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

Knysna wildfire threat: readiness in a time of crisis

7 June 2020 commemorates the 2017 Knysna wildfire disaster. In many ways, the risk of a repeat thereof in the

Weaning the forestry industry from its paraquat reliance

In the last ten years, 153 576 hectares of plantation forest have been damaged by fire. This figure would have

‘Taming the Wildfires on the Garden Route’

Drastic action is required to prevent future destructive wildlfires in the southern Cape, writes Neels de Ronde in his recently

Role of FPAs expanding

Fire protection associations (FPAs) in KZN are evolving beyond their traditional role of wildfire monitoring and incident management to tackle

Predicting the movement of wildfires and prescribed burns

Watch in awe as the US Forest Service executes a massive prescribed burn in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest. The fire

Plans to protect the Garden Route from fire taking shape

Fire services scarcely had time to regroup after the 2017 Knysna fires, when the Garden Route was again plagued by

Technology takes forestry 
to the next level

Use technology to work smart, improve productivity, health and safety, and take the donkey work out of those repetitive, mindless

Green drought masks fire risk in KZN

When green isn’t always good Drought is generally recognised as a prolonged, abnormally dry period when the available water is

The role of mentorship

Mentorship is a familiar concept in the context of rural development in South Africa. It refers to the process of

Advanced training in response to wildfire mayhem

Silva Forest Services from Sedgefield, South Africa, together with a number of international fire and rescue organisations, is hosting a

Garden Route fires: where to now?

Changes in land and fire management over the past 30 years – plus climate change – are the real causes

Comments on Garden Route fire article

Dr Neels de Ronde comments on Garden Route fire article, published in the SA Forestry magazine of November 2018... This

All systems go for Focus 2019

It’s all systems go for Focus on Forestry 2019, being held at the Ingwenyama Resort, near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, from 10

Southern Cape timber industry under pressure

Losses to timber resources and infrastructure resulting from the 2017 and 2018 fires has dealt a hammer blow to the

‘Land of Smoke and Fire’

Reflections on the Southern Cape and Tsitsikamma wildfire disaster By Theo Stehle ‘Land of smoke and fire’ ... this is

Mulching of harvest residues is rapidly gaining ground in South African forestry, and is proving to be a game changer. Link in bio. Image courtesy of Savithi Mulching.

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