The annual Fire Slash Program runs according to a meticulously planned schedule. We cannot pull machinery off the scheduled route for the following reasons:
⦁ The fire slash program is scheduled based on the way the municipality dries out (i.e. the areas that dry out first get cut first, and the wetter areas that dry out later are cut later).
⦁ If the contractors start cutting too early the grass will be cut while it is green and not a fire risk, and it is more likely to re-grow and dry out later, when the fire risk is higher.
⦁ Due to the amount of planning, traffic management, and expensive equipment that goes into the cutting of each road, and the limited number of contractors who are able to carry out this specialised work, if the fire slash does not run as scheduled, the program is only delayed further.