AS IT HAPPENED: Evacuations push as Somerset West battles blaze

2017-01-03 21:40

Firefighters have battled a raging blaze threatening Somerset West.

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Please ensure that braai fires are properly put out and cigarettes correctly disposed of - especially during the Cape Town fire season.

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Knorhoek area evacuations possible.

03 Jan 22:49
Some Wedderwill estate households have been evacuated. Some houses have burned.

03 Jan 22:46
A call for help with evacuations.

03 Jan 22:40

Areas in Somerset West are being evacuated after wildfires damaged several homes in the area, an eyewitness confirmed. 

“They are currently evacuating people in the Knorhoek Valley,” Somerset West resident Wallace du Plessis told News24 at 22:00 on Tuesday.


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Traffic officers have blocked the road to ensure the safety of people.

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The community has donated non-perishable items to firefighters in Somerset West battling a massive fire.

03 Jan 22:20

More fire engines and emergency vehicles have been called in. I can hear the sirens. Smoke thicker than two hours ago. Roadblock is at Somerset west side on Sir Lowry's village.

Food and water at Hottentots Holland dutch Reformed Church where a JOC has been set up.


03 Jan 22:17
Police have urged people not to drive to Sir Lowry's Pass to view the fire

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The community has provided water for thirsty firefighters.

03 Jan 22:11
The fire rages near the Vergelegen estate.

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Horses are being evacuated.

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Google Maps reports significant traffic slowdowns in the Somerset West area.

03 Jan 21:59
Houses in Wedderwil are burning. Confirmed by a resident. It's near Knorhoek

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Fire spread to Nooitgedacht.  Hottentots Holland Dec is the collection point for water,  food, energy bars. Fire all along the mountain from the Sir Lord's road to the Lourensford Estate. Sir Lowry's Village not threatened yet.

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Officials initially thought the blaze was under control, but it quickly spread, fanned by high winds

03 Jan 21:44
The nearby Knorhoek area is being evacuated. Farmers are having problems evacuation their horses and earlier called for help and trailers to move the animals.

03 Jan 21:43

Cape Town - Strong winds continue to fan veld fires on the upper slopes of the mountain in Somerset West, with emergency services now classifying the fire as “out of control”.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne told News24 that a fire at Bezweni Lodge had now spread to neighbouring farms. 

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