Prepare Western Cape for a busy fire season

Prepare Western Cape for a busy fire season

The Western Cape anticipates a highly active fire season, citing as major contributors dry unlawful dumping, braai fires, and a lack of precipitation.

The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s fire season runs from November 1 to the beginning of April, according to spokesman Jo-Anne Otto.

We are a winter rainfall region, thus during the summer months we have a high fire index, which is exacerbated by a lack of precipitation and other factors, resulting in an increase in fire season across the entire province.

Additionally, more than 70 firemen have been dispatched to the Cape Winelands to combat a blaze.

She stated that, specifically in the Cape Winelands, the earth is extremely parched, with no moisture present and very little precipitation anticipated.

Otto told eNCA that his region experiences roughly 1,300 fires over the fire season.

“At this point, so early in the fire season, we have already witnessed a number of time-consuming fires.

Between Christmas and the New Year, there were already seven fires.

Jo-Anne Otto
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ILLEGAL DUMPING Contributes to Western Cape Fires
She stated that they had already witnessed the effects of the drought and heat.

From 15 February to 15 March, according to Otto, is their peak time for fires, and they are concerned about the burden this could place on their resources.

She emphasized that unlawful dumping adjacent to neighborhoods and housing estates where there is open field is a significant factor and threat.

“Illegal dumping is susceptible to fire and poses a threat to nearby homes, businesses, and residences.”

Jo-Anne Otto
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“We are tackling this issue with local municipalities,” she stated.

On Tuesday, over 75 firemen, six teams, three helicopters, and numerous private organizations fought a fire in the Cape Winelands region.

They were able to prevent property and crop damage by diverting the fire into the highlands by yesterday afternoon.

Otto felt confident that the fire was under control, but the following twenty-four hours will be the true test.

She stated that they were fortunate to have suffered no fatalities and that preserving lives and livelihoods was one of their top concerns.


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