Van Der Stel Pass fire finally extinguished, officials monitor situation

2019-02-01 17:48
Firemen battling a fire in the Western Cape.

Firemen battling a fire in the Western Cape. (Twitter)

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The fire that ripped through Van Der Stel Pass near Grabouw in the Western Cape, has been contained, the Western Cape local government said on Friday.

On Monday, News24 reported that the fire had been "60-80%" contained, having raged through the area for just shy of a week.

Western Cape local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan says there are currently "no active fire lines" in the area.

"Yes, it has been contained," he said.

"Firefighters will continue to monitor the area and there will be firefighters on scene to make sure there aren't any flare-ups."

Mop-operations would now commence, he added.

Last week Saturday, Capetonians took to Twitter complaining about smoke hovering over much of the City Bowl, southern suburbs and northern suburb areas as wind blew strong smog eastwards from Grabouw.

PICS: Fire raging at Van Der Stel Pass, Cape Town filled with smoke

At the time, officials said the fire lines on the pass were much better but the tricky weather conditions made things unpredictable.

Styan said lesser teams would stay in the area "throughout the day or even the next couple of days".  

At the same time, on Sunday, Cape Town firefighters worked throughout the night to put out a fire in the Signal Hill and Lion's Head areas.

Those fires have also been extinguished.

Firefighters were praised for their efforts in containing the fires.

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