Betty's Bay fire partly contained

2017-07-08 23:31
Betty's Bay fire. (Supplied)

Betty's Bay fire. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A fire which broke out in the small coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape on Saturday has been partly contained and is of no immediate threat to any homes or structures in the town.

Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association said the fire appears to have started in a residential area on the lower slopes of Betty's Bay Peak.

“The area affected is contained to the municipal mountain catchment area,on the lower slopes above Sunny Seas,” the association said in a Facebook post.

While the fire is threatening to spread across the R44 towards the sea there is no immediate threat to Kogelberg Nature Reserve should the wind direction main constant and rain falls in the area as forecast.

“The strong North-Westerly wind caused a few scary moments for the home owners. The fire was safely steered away from the homes and stopped on the right flank.”

“Currently the left flank is still burning back against the wind. A ground team will be deployed at first light, but fire trucks will remain on scene.”

On Friday, over 400km away from Betty’s Bay, Working on Fire said the Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Keurfontein, Wilderness and Blanco areas had been affected by flare-ups.  

These fires follow the catastrophic fires in Knysna in Junes who destroyed over 600 homes, initially displaced more than 10 000 people who had to be evacuated as well as killing seven people, including a firefighter and three year old child. 

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