Difficult Western Cape Fire Season comes to an end

25 Jun,2015Fire Stories

Working on Fire (WoF) teams fought 343 veld and forest fires within the Western Cape Province over the November 2014/May 2015 Summer Fire Season.

“We would like to thank all partners for their support and assistance during this difficult fire season recognised as the worse fire season we have had in seven years. We also remember our brave pilots, Bees Maris and Darrell Rea, and Crew Leader fire fighter, Justan Visagie, who lost their lives while fighting to protect the lives of many,” said Shane Christian, General Manager of the Western Cape.

Out of fire season, base partners such as SAN Parks and Cape Nature, utilises crews in the integrated fire management programme which includes fire prevention interventions, the cutting of firebreaks, prescribed burns and fire awareness campaigns. Fire fighters too work in local communities helping rural area citizens and school learners to understand fire, and to appreciate the potential benefits of responsible custodianship of their environment.