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The Western Cape is one of the worst affected veldfire areas in the country where fires are a natural phenomenon during summer. However, too frequent fires may have a negative effect on the biodiversity and ecosystem services such as water production.

All fires start small, but when the weather is hot, dry and windy, a small fire can quickly become a threat to life and property. The Western Cape fire season occurs during the hot dry summer season and both residents and visitors to the province need to be vigilant and careful when dealing with fires or any other burning material.

One of the main reasons for fires is a lack of knowledge. Help us spread the message of safety by being fire aware.



A fire needs heat, oxygen and fuel to survive. Without one of these elements the fire will die.

If you do not have access to water or a fire extinguisher in order to put out a fire, you can use other methods such as sand or a wet blanket. If the fire occurs on your kitchen stove, try to smother the fire by placing a lid on top. Never use water to kill an electrical fire. It is also handy to keep a bucket of clean sand ready outside your kitchen door to smother a fire.

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