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CT fires reduced by 25%

The municipality says more than four thousand less incidents occurred in the fire season.

Cape Town fires rage in the distance on 18 March 2009. Photo: Joe Vaz/iWitness

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says there's been a nearly 25 percent reduction in the number of fire related incidents across the Cape peninsula over the past five months

The municipality says more than four thousand less incidents occurred between November last year until the end of march, which is normally known as the fire season.

It says the reduction can largely be contributed to awareness campaigns hosted in various communities as well as weather conditions.

In April about 70 people were left homeless due to shack fires in several Cape Town communities.

More than 160 people lost their lives in shack fires across the Western Cape in 2012.