Firefighters in the Western Cape are preparing for what experts say could be a difficult summer due to an increased risk of wildfires. The worst fires are predicted for January and February, when weather conditions are expected to be particularly hot and dry. This year the risk is compounded by greater than average plant growth in the area due to heavy winter rain. Fourteen teams will be on standby to fight the fires with support from fire fighting aircraft including spotters and helicopters. Traditionally the fire season in the province runs from early December to the end of April.