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Uploaded on Wednesday 01 Feb 2012
Wildfires in South Africa
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Wildfires mostly affect rural settlements, but to an increasing degree also urban areas, which have developed in fire-prone areas. The impact of wildfires in natural vegetation on the poorest groups of the population cannot be overstated. Many informal settlements are located in the transition zone between densely settled land and land carrying high fuel loads. If not properly managed such areas pose a high risk of wildfires, which may inflict serious losses on local residents.