Western Cape fire confined

2012-12-29 20:14

Johannesburg - A fire that burnt across two thousand hectares in the Overstrand area is being brought under control, the municipality said on Saturday.

The fire has been confined to one portion of a mountain east of Hermanus and will be monitored throughout the night, said municipal spokesperson Fanie Krige.

"Late this afternoon they were still trying to deal with flare-ups and they made use of the helicopter to water bomb the flare-ups," Krige said.

He said firefighters hope the cooler temperatures at night will cause the fire to die down and it can finally be put out in the morning.

"It will be sort of mopping up," Krige said.

There is believed to be no threat of the fire spreading to any houses in Hermanus.

Firefighters are still concerned about a second front of the fire that runs along the seaside due to the heavy growth of vegetation in the area.

Krige said no injuries or fatalities had been reported.

Two firemen had been treated for heat exhaustion before they quickly returned to fighting the blaze.

The fire has caused some damage around the Hermanus Yacht Club. It destroyed three boats that were on land.

It also destroyed some caravans, two cabins and a caretaker’s house.

The fire had also burned on the road between Hermanus and Stanford and had cut electricity in the area after burning down electricity poles.

As a result there were many power disruptions in the Gansbaai and Stanford areas, with the R43 road also being closed.

  • Marco Ferreira - 2012-12-29 20:56

    What a stupid comment!

      frangelico.paizes - 2012-12-30 10:08

      MARCO FERREIRA.All the thumbs down must surely be coming from boiling doyley,as there is no reason for thumbs down in any of the comments.

  • Marco Ferreira - 2012-12-29 21:01

    And bad spelling "sabotage"

  • LeonPaarl - 2012-12-29 22:30

    Two young people just knocked on my door, collecting whatever cold drinks we have for the firefighters. They did this out of own initiative, having seen how hard a job is to fight fires on Table Mountain. The fire is still very much burning and you can see the torchlights of the firefighters moving around, trying to contain the fire. Luckily the wind is dying down. And robert.doyle.712, if I were you, I shall call myself ashamed of being a human being.

  • mtsolong - 2012-12-29 22:50

    It was bad hectic

  • trish.hawks.9 - 2012-12-30 06:23

    Besides the fire, there was no electricity in the Stanford Valley area yesterday affecting many people adversely. The firefighters worked tirelessly to save assets and thoughts are with those who have suffered injury for their part in this. After being told that electricity would only be restored after an estimated 2 days, Eskom workers deserve praise too, they worked throughout the night restoring power in the early hours of this morning. Thank you to the fire department, Eskom and all the voluntary workers who played their role in keeping many safe in their homes.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-12-31 10:52

      I'll second that

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