120 firefighters battling Cape winelands blaze

2016-11-21 10:48
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Cape Town - Firefighters managed to prevent a blaze from spreading to a farm in the Jonkershoek Valley in the early hours of Monday morning, as efforts to extinguish the three-day wildfire continue.

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Banhoek Valley Fire Department incident commander Jaco Thuynsma said the fire, which started on Saturday, escalated overnight due to strong winds.

Firefighters managed to steer the flames away from properties, although the fire did spread dangerously close to the Ole Gustro Farm, he explained.

Thuynsma said farms in the Jonkershoek Valley are currently safe.

More than 120 firefighters have been deployed.

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"It's not under control yet, and there is still a huge area of unburnt vegetation," Thuynsma said.

Teams from Cape Nature, Working on Fire, Cape Winelands firefighters, as well as contractors, are working on the blaze, he said.

On Sunday, the fire had been contained during most of the morning but with a change of the wind at 15:00 it had moved in different directions.

One part had spread further into the Kloof Valley and jumped the river towards the Klein Drakenstein mountain range.

The fire had also spread to near the Hells Hoogte Pass.

Thuynsma at the time predicted that the fire would burn for several days due to the extent of the area until expected rainfall on Tuesday.

He said it was hoped the blaze will be under control by nightfall after a new team was dispatched to the scene on Monday morning and is making progress.

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