110 Fires suppressed in Western Cape Fire Season

10 March, 2016

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110 Fires suppressed in Western Cape Fire Season

10 Mar,2016Working on Fire

Firefighters in the Western Cape have been hard at work fighting multiple fires across the province since the beginning of the Summer Fire Season in December 2015.

The largest fires thus far were in the Cape Peninsula, De Doorns, Viljoenshof and the recent Swartberg fires in Oudshoorn, which had an estimated 25 000 hectares burnt.

Western Cape General Manager, Shane Christian, said: “This has been the most challenging fire season thus far due to the drought we’ve had. We have close to 800 firefighters at 27 bases throughout the Province who will remain on high alert. In addition, our aerial resources which includes 12 helicopters, four fixed wing air tractor bombers and 10 spotter planes, which were active in these fires during the past four months, will also be on standby until the end of our Summer Fire Season”.

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