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Watch how nature recovers after 2015 Cape fire

In March 2015 a massive fire decimated thousands of hectares of vegetation, destroyed homes and caused major upheaval to those living around the vast burnt area. But the inferno was not just bad news.

CAPE TOWN - When fires swept across the Cape Peninsula in March 2015 the destructive force of the inferno is what made front page news.

But for the indigenous plants of the Western Cape, fire is a welcome and necessary ecological feature which meant that the vast stretches of blackened fynbos and exposed sand would not remain so for long.

This series of images taken in the Silvermine Nature Reserve over the eight months following the event illustrate the regenerative power of fire.

The first, taken just two weeks after the fire tore through the reserve, paints a picture of destruction, but just weeks later, green shoots have already burst through the sandy soil.

Some months on, it is clear that the landscape is not only recovering, but even flourishing.

Watch: SanParks ecologist Carly Cowell explains how the indigenous plants and animals of the Western Cape cope after a large fire.

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