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WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that Nico Heyns, 65, the helicopter pilot who died on Tuesday fighting a blaze, had interrupted his leave to help fight the Garden Route fires.  

The Working on Fire (WoF) pilot was killed when his helicopter went down during firefighting efforts near Riversdale on Tuesday afternoon.  The crash occurred in the Vermaaklikheid area, about 40km from Riversdale.  The cause has not yet been established.  Netwerk24 quoted a friend of Heyns' of more than 30 years, Gerhard Meyer, who said that Heyns came back from leave to help put out the fires.  Heyns was well known in the aviation world and often went above and beyond the call of duty.  Many sang his praises for the crucial role he played in 2016 to stop fires that had threatened parts of the holiday towns of St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis from reaching the Sea Vista informal settlement by scooping water from residents' swimming pools.  The present fires have been raging since Sunday.  So far, several homes have been destroyed, as well as multiple smaller structures.

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