A wildfire, driven by extreme conditions, broke out in Pearly Beach on 2 March. Much of the fire suppression activities were focused on protecting infrastructure – with the town itself in the direct line of the fire. The R43 was closed due to low visibility. And it was only due to immense effort from fire-fighting teams and partners that no structures were lost. After two full days of fighting, the fire was finally largely contained, with mop-up operations continuing for a number of days afterwards. This fire showed the importance of partners: from the municipalities, the City of Cape Town, farmers, residents and of course the fire-fighting teams.