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Fires Season in the Central African Republic

January 16th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Central African Republic - January 15th, 2009

Fires in Central African Republic - January 15th, 2009

The Central African Republic is compromised of three main zones of vegetation: the dry savannahs in the north, the wet savannahs in the center and the humid forests in the south.

The savannahs in the central zone are deemed to be fire-maintained.  Fire activity starts in the northeast of the country around November, and moves southwest following the Harmattan winds, reaching a peak in late December or early January. The onset of rains in March terminates the fire season.

Fire is used extensively across the Central African Republic, in three main ways: agricultural fires (lit to prepare the fields for agriculture), pasture management (fires are used to stimulate re-growth for cattle in the dry season) and large scale poaching.

At government levels, it is feared that vegetation fires may lead to the accidental destruction of cultures, threaten the sustainability of natural resources, contribute to poor air quality (due to smoke particles in the dry season), and cause soil erosion and acid rain.

(see full article on fires in the Central African Republic)

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