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'WC prepared for fire season'

In the financial year, CapeNature recorded 153 vegetation fires in the last financial year.

FILE: A firefighter uses water to dowse embers on Groot Constantia wine estate on 4 March 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWNa

CAPE TOWN -The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says following one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory in early 2015, it's geared up and ready for this summer.

Biodiversity agency CapeNature recorded 153 vegetation fires in the last financial year, the highest in the past 17 years.

Earlier this year, the south peninsula was engulfed by runaway vegetation blazes.

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell says emergency crews are adequately prepared.

"We learned from the past and this year we will bring in our helicopters and we will place them all over the province because it's all about one's reaction time. We are always training people."

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