The Western Cape province has spent an approximate amount of R30 million since October on measures to provide the fastest fire-fighting interventions across its territory, the Local Government Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said.
This includes fire aviation’s and wildlife specialists’ involvement in addition to firefighters’ payments.
According to Bredell, The Overstrand fire which flared up during the second week of January cost the province about R9 millions.
The recent fires on Signal Hill Road summoned about 150 firefighters, three helicopters which water-bombed the area, as well as one spotter plane, MEC added. Despite those measures, the blaze ravaged across 160 hectares of land and brought total mayhem.