Western Cape firefighters on alert

2012-01-30 21:59

Bainskloof Pass fire

2012-01-30 09:16

Runaway fires spread over mountains in the Bainskloof Pass near Wellington. Fire-fighters battled to contain the fire in the Slanghoek Valley as 100 people were evacuated from their homes.WATCH

Cape Town - Firefighters were on alert in the Bainskloof and Stanford areas of the Western Cape on Monday ahead of an expected increase in wind and high temperatures.

Working on Fire (WoF) spokesperson Leanne Mckrill said fires there had continued to burn throughout the day.

"We have had two teams on the fire burning in the Standford area for last three days. In the Bainskloof we have three teams," she said.

"Hot and windy conditions area expected to increase on Tuesday. In both areas firefighters are on alert. Anything can happen."

McKrill said firefighters were also helping nature conservation officials to take precautions.

About 100 people were evacuated from their homes at the weekend when runaway fires fanned by strong winds spread over mountains in the Bainskloof Pass near Wellington and near Stanford.

In the Slangkop Valley, near Bainskloof, farmworkers and their families were evacuated as a fire roared through the area, damaging two houses.

Campers at Steenbok Park were also asked to leave.

Three helicopters failed to douse a fire on the Twee Heuwels Mountain in the Slangkop Valley, near Worcester, on Saturday.

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