PICS: Weekend of fire in Cape Town as gale force winds fan flames

2017-12-11 09:43 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Fire season started off with two big fires in Bainskloof and Cape Town on Signal Hill.

A fire started raging on Saturday in the Bainskloof Pass, taking out orchards and olive groves in its path. Firefighters had to battle gale force winds to get the fire under control, making it also impossible to use helicopters to assist. 

Working on Fire's last update on Sunday pointed towards Elandsberg as the big danger area.

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"Parts of the fire is still inaccessible for groundteams and vehicles due to the rocky and uneven terrain. The wind is pushing the fire in a northerly direction up the mountain. The fire is still out of control at this point in time and fire fighting operations will continue."

Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), NCC Wildfires, CapeNature and the Red Ants were amongst other teams also on the scene to assist.

In addition, more than 40 firefighters were helping the Provincial Disaster Management Centre, CapeNature, Eden District Municipality, Greater Cederberg Fire Protection Agency, and private landowners in containing fires in Ladismith, Contreberg, Bergrivier Draai and  Skoenmakersfontein.

Western Cape's Provincial Disaster Management is expecting its 'worst fire season yet' amidst a severe drought affecting the province.

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Cape Town based fire photographer Justin Sullivan captured photos of the teams' heroic efforts to contain the blaze.

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A fire also broke out in Signal Hill on Saturday, but was brought under control by Sunday, blocking public access to the popular viewing spot during that time. This was also fanned by the gale force winds that pummelled the city on Saturday.

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