Southern Cape fires quelled after evening blaze

2016-08-12 12:15
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Cape Town – Multiple fires that rapidly spread across George, Wilderness and Hoekwil on Thursday evening have largely been quelled.

Volunteers and rescue and emergency services battled several fires that had started around 16:00 during the heat brought on by berg winds.

The blaze spread quickly, threatening properties.

Four houses in Wilderness were razed to the ground.

"Everyone came together to help to assist wherever possible," said National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Wilderness station commander Hennie Niehaus.

NSRI volunteers assisted fire and rescue services that were deployed to fight the flames.

Firefighting efforts saw emergency service teams including George and Wilderness fire and rescue services; SAPS; Western Cape government health EMS, disaster risk management, traffic services and fire teams work together to battle the fires.

Two helicopters were also deployed.

Fire teams monitored the situation throughout the night and most of the fires have been brought under control.

No serious injuries were reported.

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