Every year around November/December, when the dry season starts and the harvest is in, the bush firest start. There are various reasons for these seasonal fires: it is believed to bring out nutrients that are good for the soil; certain grass types are burnt to prevent their seeds from spreading; and later in the year, fire is used to chase out animals that can be caught and eaten (e.g. rabbits) or killed (mostly snakes). While some of these reasons may have a core of truth, the main problem with bush fires is that they spread. At this time of year the humidity level lies between 10-20% (compared to 90% in the rainy season), and with everything so dry, it preads like wildfire – literally!
The other day, we’d gone to Church when someone lit the field behind our house. Very soon it had surrounded the wall of our garden, when suddenly the straw mat shading the hen house caught fire and the hen house burtn almost to the ground! We were very fortunate that a number of bystanders worked hard to put our the fire.
Though some of our fruit trees and moringa trees were affected, we were very thankful that our house was not affected. (The chickens & rabbits all survived, by the way.) It brouth home again clearly the dangers of bush fires. [Suhu Yini]