Presently, about 120 firefighters have been deployed to manage and extinguish the dangerous widespread fire that engulfed the Cape Winelands blaze.
The fire got underway on Saturday and escalated overnight to other parts of the area due to strong and incessant winds.
Although the brave firefighters managed to shove the flames away from properties, the fire did spread dangerously close to the Ole Gustro Farm.
A change in wind directions at 15:00 on Sunday caused the fire to spread further into the Kloof Valley, jumping the river towards the Klein Drakenstein mountain range.
Not long after, the fire also took to another area – precisely the Hells Hoogte Pass in Eden District Municipality, Western Cape.
Banhoek Valley Fire Department incident commander Jaco Thuynsma told reporters that it’s unfortunate that the fire got underway in such a devastating manner. Thuynsma said the fight towards extinguishing the fire would continue, as the new team has been making progress.
The commander, however, predicted that it would burn for several days until Tuesday when the rain is expected to come down.
“it’s not under control yet, and there is still a huge area of unburnt vegetation,” Thuynsma added.
The commander also confirmed that farms in the Jonkershoek Valley are currently safe, as the firefighters have done a good job in steering the flames away from its direction.
Also working on the blaze site are Teams from Cape Nature, Working on Fire, Cape Winelands’ firefighters, as well as contractors.
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In a related story, earlier this year, Firefighters and emergency services successfully extinguished the Simonsberg fire that started in Johannesdal, near Stellenbosch on January 19.
Fuelled by strong winds, the firefighters struggled with the blaze for three days in a row amid hot and windy weather conditions after the blaze rapidly spread across the R44 and R45 farms.
We wish the brave firefighters good luck as they press on towards extinguishing the dangerous blaze.