Busy Winter Fire Season across the country

4 September, 2017

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Busy Winter Fire Season across the country

4 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

With the 2017 winter fire season in full swing firefighting teams across the country have been kept busy suppressing fires which threatened lives and properties.

With the 2017 winter fire season in full swing firefighting teams across the country have been kept busy suppressing fires which threatened lives and properties.

Provinces have experienced High Fire Danger Index (FDI) days and in KwaZulu-Natal, close to 250 firefighters successfully fought 23 fires in the week of 15–21 July.

The KwaZulu-Natal teams also worked on the N3 Project, where they conducted block burns along the N3 from Cedara to Lions River at Howick.

In the Eden District of the Western Cape, which experiences an all-year fire season, firefighters assisted landowners with fire suppression in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Swartberg, Keurfontein, George and Wilderness.

In Gauteng firefighters have suppressed more than 50 fires since the beginning of July which damaged about 3000 hectares of vegetation.

Since the start of the winter fire season, aerial support has been instrumental in the suppression of many fires, with pilots putting in countless flying hours to save the lives of citizens and protecting the environment.

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