80% of Jonkershoek fire contained

2015-03-12 08:55
A view of the Jonkershoek fire on Tuesday night. (<a href="https://twitter.com/Miss_Vicki_Mac" target="_blank">Vicki Mac Callum, Twitter</a>)

A view of the Jonkershoek fire on Tuesday night. (Vicki Mac Callum, Twitter)

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Cape Town - About 80% of the fire currently raging in the Jonkershoek area has been contained, a Cape Nature spokesperson said on Thursday.

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“The firefighters did very well to contain most of the blaze overnight,” Cape Nature’s Justin Lawrence told News24.

“The fire is not yet under control, but about 80% of the fire is currently contained, and efforts will be focussed on getting the other 20% under control.”

The focus for Thursday will be to battle the fire on two fronts.

450 firefighters have been deployed to two areas; the first around Banhoek Valley, to the east of Stellenbosch, and the second, further south, as the fire continues to head toward the Helderberg region.

No immediate danger

Neither Stellenbosch nor Helderberg is in any immediate danger as yet, and no evacuations have been ordered, Lawrence added.

Craig van Reenen, assistant chief at the Stellenbosch Fire Department, told News24 the fire is very far from dwellings, and no properties have been damaged.

The evacuation that took place on Wednesday at the Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute in Coetzenburg was ordered by the institute itself, and was not an official order, Van Reenen added.

Van Reenen pleaded with residents of Stellenbosch not to give into panic, as mass evacuations that haven’t been called for can affect firefighting efforts.

About 3 900 hectares of vegetation have been damaged in the Jonkershoek fire.

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