NEWSFLASH: Controlled fire at Groenkloof nature reserve – Centurion Rekord

The Tshwane metro emergency services has noted the controlled fire at the Groenkloof nature reserve.

The fire was started on Tuesday afternoon and burned into the evening.

“One of our officials saw the smoke while coming home from his shift,” said Tshwane EMS spokesperson Charles Mabaso.

“The official investigated and established it was a controlled fire at the Groenkloof nature reserve.”

“We have dispatched a bush pumper to offer support to the reserve.”

Mabaso could not confirm if the nature reserve would be burn fires regular fires in the coming weeks.

He again warned residents to be vigilant during this time of the year when veld fires are prevalent.

“Efforts by the community to extinguish veld fires are appreciated but the emergency services department should be notified first,” he said.

“Residents are advised against leaving open fires unattended.”

“They should make sure that braai and camp fires are completely extinguished.”

“Motorists and other smokers should avoid throwing away cigarettes butts where there is a risk that they could cause a fire.”

Residents can contact the toll-free number 107 to report fires to the metro. 

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