In the past weeks the Western Cape province has battled major fires in Wupperthal, Betty’s Bay, and Overberg district.
The Western Cape government has estimated the cost of damages caused by fire this season to R80 million.
The province has used fuel, helicopters and wildfire crews to deal with the fires that have erupted to date.
Last week alone an estimated 150 firefighters, three helicopters and one spotter plane were used to put out a fire on Signal Hill.
Over the weekend firefighters were combating a fire in Botrivier, Overberg. About 70 firefighters were deployed to put out the blaze.
Reinhard Geldenhuys the Overberg fire chief said they had managed to put out the fire in a 70 km stretch and also a flare up on Friday night was quickly put out.
“At this stage we’ve a fair idea of how the fires were started, appointed an investigator and we are still waiting for a report,” Geldenhuys said.
Environmental Affairs MEC, Anton Bredell said the current drought is one of the causes of the fires in the province. He said the dead trees act as fuel to the fires and make the situation worse.