Battle to Contain Eastern Cape Fire Rages On In South Africa

Efforts are in full swing to suppress raging wildfires in the Coldstream and Koomansbos areas of Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape Province, where just over 2,400 hectares of commercial plantations and natural veld have been destroyed.  More than 150 firefighters from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's Working on Fire teams, together with teams from governmental and non-governmental organisations have been battling the fires that reportedly started on June 21, 2021.

The Eastern Cape has two fire seasons - a winter fire season that affects the eastern part of the province from June to October, and a summer fire season affecting the western part of the province from December to April.

Earlier in April, 2021 a wildfire that erupted on Table Mountain in Cape Town burnt down a restaurant at Rhodes Memorial and damaged multiple buildings at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus, including the Jagger Library that housed irreplacable African artifacts.


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