Fire warning for West Coast

2017-02-03 18:00
The fire on the Du Toitskloof pass. (Sakkie du Toit, Supplied to News24)

The fire on the Du Toitskloof pass. (Sakkie du Toit, Supplied to News24)

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Cape Town – Dry, hot conditions and strong winds have increased the risk of fires along the West Coast, the Western Cape Disaster Management said on Friday.

The Cape Winelands was another area at risk of wildfires, disaster management chief director Colin Deiner said in a statement.

“The area is very dry and very hot and strong wind is prevalent. The season has been tough to date and we hope that the West Coast can remain as incident free as possible.”

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Western Cape local government MEC Anton Bredell called on travellers to take extra care over the next few weeks to prevent fires, and to report fires immediately.

A wildfire raging in the Du Toitskloof area, that broke out on Thursday, was still burning on Friday afternoon. Firefighters managed to start containing the fire, but the situation remained serious, Bredell said.

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