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SANParks probe reveals most vegetation fires started by people

SANParks’ Merle Collins says they have spent more than R3 million for the 2016/2017 financial year so far on firefighting operations.

FILE: A firefighter pictured at the scene of a fire that broke out near Du Toitskloof Pass. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – South African National Parks says its investigations have found most vegetation fires in areas it manages are started by people, either deliberately or accidentally.

Over the same period in February and March 2016, 11 fires were recorded.

Over the same period this year, there have so far been 24 blazes.

SANParks’ Merle Collins says they have spent more than R3 million for the 2016/2017 financial year so far on firefighting operations.

“They leave campfires or cooking fire unattended or they discharge flares or fireworks and also we’ve arson or malicious intent. So those are reasons we believe we’ve fires in the national parks.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)