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Western Cape residents have an important role to play in making the province more fire resilient.

Although wildfires play a crucial role in our ecosystem, residents can reduce their risk and manage them better.

At the same time, destructive wildfires are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change and urban migration patterns.

Read: 'I lost half of my business in the Pringle Bay fire'

Integrated fire management firm Vulcan Wildfire says millions of rands are spent for every wildfire incident in the Cape.

Unfortunately, more money is allocated to fire suppression than fire prevention, says Vulcan's Patrick Ryan.

We're stripping our budget just reacting to fires. We could be making a greater impact with more focus on preparation and resilience measures.

Patrick Ryan, co-founder of Vulcan Wildfire Mangement

The company's director, Ryan Heydenrych says different strategies are needed before wildfire hits and once it does hit.

If you live in a wild-fire prone environment, ask yourself: what is your evacuation plan as a homeowner and as a community?

Ryan Heydenrych, Director of Vulcan Wildfire Management

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The Vulcan team urges residents to reduce this risk of fires around their homes, properties and communities.

Here are some tips to make your home more fire resistant:

  • reduce the fuel loads in your household
  • remove overgrown, dry or alien vegetation
  • keep woodpiles, chemicals and other flammable materials away from the house
  • have a detailed evacuation plan
  • cover air vents and gaps in the roof with mesh to prevent embers from getting caught inside

Visit the Vulcan Wildfire website to learn more.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Is your home wildfire ready? Advice on how to make your home more fire resistant

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