CentralSANorth West firefighters return after Canadian wildfires
─── KATLEHO MORAPELA 15:08 Wed, 15 Sep 2021
Family and friends of 109 firefighters who were deployed to extinguish runaway fires in Canada, will soon welcome home their loved ones. This, as they are expected to land in South Africa on Thursday.
Working on Fire confirms 20 of the firefighters are from the North West province. Provincial spokesperson, Maria Letsholo, says they look forward to welcoming back their hero and heroines. She confirms none of them have incurred injuries since their departure on 10 August.
Letsholo appeals to farmers and all North West residents to also be cautious with the fire season in full swing locally. Her statement comes just weeks after OFM News reported on how the neighbouring provinces of the Free State and Northern Cape battled with veldfires that damaged thousands of grazing land and farm infrastructure.
Heatwaves and a deepening drought linked to climate change have reportedly fuelled wildfires in Canada and the western United States in the past month.
This called on several countries to deploy firefighters to help ease the situation and save lives.
Meanwhile, Letsholo says precautionary measures need to be implemented in the country to avoid further damage after several devastating fires locally.