PIC: Arua Golf ground on fire after smokers left stray fire to burn it. (Robert Ariaka)
ARUA - Unknown people who are suspected to have been smoking cigarette and Opium on Thursday set the Arua Golf ground ablaze.
The fire, which started at around 10:00am glowed until 2:00pm, clearing the grass, tree leaves and other tree stems.
Charles Asiki, the chairman West Nile golf club, said bush burning affects not only the appearance of the landscape, but the quality of the soil in a place.
Asiki said the issue golf grounds getting burnt has been an annual disaster, saying that during dry season, smokers tend to drop fire anyhow, eventually burning the ground.
The fire started at 10:00am and was put out at 2:00pm (Robert Ariaka)
He promised to get the perpetrators apprehended although he confessed that have never arrested anyone in connection to the fires in golf grounds.
Meanwhile, Asiki said they are also faced with a challenge of people grazing animals in the golf ground, adding that this destroys the soil surface.
Asiki notes that the association of West Nile golf club resolved to charge such offenders sh50,000 once caught.
He called on the division to join them in arresting stray animals and prosecuting the owners.
Although the landscape may recover from the fire, bush burning has a negative effect on soil conditions and the soil may take long to recover, according to the National Resources Conservation Service.
The impact that bush burning has on soil depends on the intensity of the fire and how long it burns. Low-intensity bush burning affects soil conditions, although not to the degree of a fire involving hardwoods.
Bush burning can cause the soil to lose its ability to absorb and retain water. After a fire, the top layer of the soil may become water-repellent. This causes rain to drain off the soil without getting absorbed.