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FSUFPA vehicle parkedd in the vicinity of a spreading wildfire


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The Free State, the third largest province in the country, predominantly consisting of highly threatened Highveld Grasslands with land use practices ranging between communal subsistence farming on one end to heavy industry on the other. The topography is as diverse as its land use with 60% of the province carrying an extreme wildfire risk. Fire is a natural and necessary part of the Grassland biome, but unnaturally high fire frequencies coupled with flawed land management practices increasingly threaten this diverse and sensitive ecosystem. Effective wildfire management is critical for the preservation of this crucial natural asset. The Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association (FSUFPA) actively supports the sustainable implementation of integrated wildfire management practices on a local, regional and provincial level.