Homes evacuated in Paarl as fire blazes

2017-02-02 18:24
The Du Toitskloof pass has been closed after fires started on the Hawequas mountains. (Sakkie du Toit)

The Du Toitskloof pass has been closed after fires started on the Hawequas mountains. (Sakkie du Toit)

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Cape Town - Homes in the Hawequas Mountains are being evacuated after wildfires crossed the Du Toitskloof pass near Paarl.

"There is an immediate threat to property," Cape Winelands fire chief Danie Wilds said on Thursday.

Wilds said the blaze was not under control and was rapidly spreading due to a strong southern wind.

Four Helicopters, four ground teams and 48 people have been deployed to the scene.

Western Cape Traffic head Kenny Africa said the Du Toitskloof Pass has been closed for traffic.

"For the time being the pass remains closed in both directions for the safety of motorists driving through. We advise the public to make use of the Huguenot Tunnel in the mean time," he said.

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