The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has appealed to members of the public to assist in preventing unwanted veld fires, pointing out that uncontrolled fires pose a threat to everyone’s lives, property, and the environment. The Namibia press agency quotes the ministry’s Chief Public Relations Officer Romeo Muyunda as explaining that to prevent unwanted fires, people should behave responsibly when making fires, parents should guide children to avoid making fire without supervision, and where required, preventative measures should be applied to stop fires from spreading to unintended places. He also urged smokers to put their cigarette out completely before throwing it away and all farmers and charcoal producers to take necessary precautions, noting that above-average rainfall was received countrywide during the rainy season resulting in increased fuel loads of grass and herbaceous biomass.