Major veld fire in Dordabis area in Namibia destroyed more than 30 farms and other infrastructure
The veld fire that raged since last week and caused massive destruction in the Dordabis area in the Khomas Region of central Namibia, 80km east of the capital Windhoek, has finally been successfully contained on Sunday evening, 8 August 2021. Windhoek Rural constituency councillor Piet Adams said the fire destroyed more than 30 farms and other infrastructure. The Army has been called in to help fight a veld fire that’s been raging in the Dordabis area since Tuesday. The Khomas region's disaster and emergency field coordinator, Oscar Hiskia said the fire was contained at around 18h00 on Sunday and a detailed assessment of the impact will be made soon.
The Windhoek Rural councillor, Piet Adams, explained the veld fire broke out at Farm Hamis and Bloukrans in the Dordabis area. “This veld fire spread over to five adjacent farms but could not be extinguished because of the strong winds. We have informed our regional disaster risk coordinator and he approached the Windhoek Fire Brigade but they could not assist us due to jurisdictional matters.
"The whole time it was just the response in fighting the blaze. There was no team coordinating to collect data, hence we will go back and do a comprehensive assessment to determine the damage properly," he explained. He further added that the mostly communicated damaged stated by the farmers is not yet confirmed but what is confirmed is two Oryx and a giraffe that were burnt at the game ranch.
Animals have been kept in kraals without feed since last week and farmers have not yet calculated the damage to their property and livestock.
Another minor fire near Dordabis caused the death of a 63-year-old man on Friday.
On Friday, fire fighters from the community were hard at work trying to control the fire by blocking it from entering the field near a school as well as from crossing over to unaffected areas. "The aim here is just to stop the spread of the fire to vulnerable areas such as schools and households. The blaze is out of control because of the strong wind and the damage is massive. We do not know what to do," said a dejected Grandworth Vries.
The 30 affected farms include Hamis, Opdam, Karib, Bloukrans, Witkoppies, Dordabis, Audabib, Lang Been and Swartkoppies.
“Extensive damage to grazing land has been observed,” added Adams.
Sources: New Era Live, Fabian Martens of EMA Rescue Service, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation