A massive fire in the area between Clanwilliam and Wupperthal is beginning to die out.

But the flames, which have been tearing through the arid countryside for almost 10 days, have killed a man, destroyed homes and farming equipment, and left almost 500 square kilometres of land in ruin.

According to reports, Christo Fourie, the retired FNB bank manager in Clanwilliam, had been helping fight the fire. He went missing on Wednesday and his body was found on Thursday in the charred veld near his vehicle.