As the 2017 fire season officially ended on Tuesday the 31st of October, statistics revealed by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) showed a 5.9 percent increase of land translating to over 1.2 million hectares destroyed by veldt fires this year compared to last year.

Despite combined stakeholder efforts towards reducing veldt fire incidences, the country recorded increases in hectarage burnt and even alarming increase of fires incidents.

More than 1.2 million hectares of land was burnt this fire season with 6 deaths recorded.

EMA public relations manager Steady Kangata says a lot still needs to be done to reduce fire incidences.

He, however, said the increase recorded this year is within their predictions considering the level of biomass that was there following 2016-2017 rainy season.

He said they are working on extending the fire season due to climate changes.

The fire season in Zimbabwe begins on 31 July and officially ends on 31 October though it stretches until the onset of the rainy season.