The past summer fire season made headlines with an abnormally high number of fires recorded in the Western Cape province.
The Overberg was off to an early start when a large multiday fire hit the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve and adjoining private plantations on 31 August – the beginning of a long, demanding season.
FPAs in the Southern Cape, Cape Peninsula, Greater Cederberg and Winelands districts followed suit shortly after and continued to face what can be described as a challenging season all-round.
While news of the Cape Peninsula fires broke through internationally, the Greater Cederberg and Overberg FPAs faced testing conditions in the background, fuelled on by strong winds and high surface temperatures. We wish to pay gratitude to all involved.
While the safeguarding of property is important, we should also remember the crucial role that fire plays in our ecosystem and that, without fire, there would be no fynbos.
Statistics provided courtesy of Working on Fire