Western Cape fires starting pistol on a blazing summer

The Garden Route didn’t get the memo, but the Western Cape’s wildfire season officially starts on Saturday.

Preparations for what have frequently been five months of summer mayhem are under way at the Wildfire Ready Convention, being held this week at Lourensford in Somerset West.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service has signed up 114 seasonal firefighters who start work this weekend.

In the 2017/18 financial year, 10,129 vegetation fires made up just over two-thirds of all fires recorded in Cape Town, said JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security.

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