R10m up in smoke fighting Western Cape bush fires so far this summer

2022-01-28 02:30:00 AM

R10m up in smoke fighting Western Cape bush fires so far this summer

R10m up in smoke fighting Western Cape bush fires so far this summer

The Western Cape has already spent more than R10m fighting wildfires during the current fire season, the province reported on Thursday.

“Up to the end of January, we have already provided support in 14 major wildfires and dozens of smaller fires at a cost of R10.168m to the provincial disaster budget,” Bredell said.“The province works closely with municipalities, who also contribute accordingly towards these operations.”

The Western Cape government says aerial firefighting is by far the biggest expense when fighting fires.Image:REUTERS/Fred GreavesBredell commended the province’s firefighting teams and said the majority of fires were extinguished within an hour of being reported.

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