The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) says it is concerned that fires have already destroyed vast tracts of land in a season that might be catastrophic for both humans, the environment and livestock.

The forests are burning in several places across the country and in the process destroying pastures, small organisms and other forms of life in the forests.

EMA provincial environment manager in Matabeleland North Ms Chipo Mpofu-Zuze said this years’ fire season began early and has doubled last year’s burnt hectarage.

“Last year by July 31 we had lost over 200 000 hectares. This year we had lost over 400 000. We are concerned,” she said.

Coupled with poor rains, the forests and grasslands have dried up faster.

This has left the country’s vegetation vulnerable to fires.

The fires might also hugely affect livestock production as grazing lands are also burnt.