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14 500 wildfires recorded in Western Cape in past year

Wildfires in the Western Cape since October 2018 resulted in forty-four fatalities.

MEC for local government and environmental affairs, Anton Bredell, said an estimated 14 500 wildfires were recorded across the province in the year to end March.

This is less than the previous fire season estimate of 17 000 fires.

Although there were fewer wildfires, this season’s fires were more fierce, with fire lines of up to 180km during the Outeniqua fires of 2018.

Wildfires in the Western Cape since October 2018 resulted in forty-four fatalities.

“These occurred both in urban and rural settings and include children, adults, firefighters and a helicopter pilot,” said Bredell.

95% of wildfires were apparently brought under control within the first hour of being reported, because of advances in firefighting and prevention techniques.

More: news24

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