Firefighters expect a long night in Jonkershoek

2016-11-20 19:11
The fire rages in the Banhoek Valley. (Volunteer Wildfire Services via Twitter)

The fire rages in the Banhoek Valley. (Volunteer Wildfire Services via Twitter)

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Cape Town - Firefighters are expected to work through the night battling a blaze in the Cape Winelands, emergency service personnel said on Sunday.  

Banhoek Valley Fire Department incident commander Jaco Thuynsma said that 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 [of the fire] moved further into the Kloof Valley side and jumped the river towards the Klein Drakenstein mountain range," he said.

"That fire will burn for several days because it is a massive area. It will burn until we get the rains we expect on Tuesday."

Thuynsma said that the blaze had also moved near to the Hells Hoogte Pass.   

"The wind changed and it moved up onto the ridge of the mountain. This opens a new set of dilemmas for the evening. We are planning where to post people and also arranging relief crews for tomorrow," he said.

"No loss of property or life has been reported to me but that said, anything can change with the wind through the night."  

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