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Severe fire warning issued for Western Cape

The Environmental Affairs Department says extremely hot, dry & windy conditions are being experienced across the province.

FILE: Several people filled their vehicles with belongings and fled farms in the Paarl region on 17 January 2017 amid firefighting efforts. Picture: Ilze-Marie le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A severe fire warning has been issued for the Western Cape on Wednesday.

The provincial Environmental Affairs Department says extremely hot, dry and windy conditions are currently being experienced across the province.

It says these are the worst conditions when it comes to wildfires.

The department’s James Brent Styan says if a fire starts under the weather conditions currently experienced in the province, it will be very hard to control and will be fast moving.

Styan says firefighters are still battling wildfires in Paarl, Stilbaai and in Tulbagh.

He says additional resources have been deployed to Stilbaai.

“We’ve deployed another water-bomber and helicopter to the Stilbaai fire, which is a massive one.”

Cape Town firefighters have responded to an average of 75 fires a day since November.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)