19 Feb 2019 – 12:00
The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s Fire Services can confirm that the fire, that started late yesterday afternoon in the Franschhoek Mountains continues to burn out of control. The fire team’s main efforts are focused on preventing the fire from spreading onto agricultural grounds.
The jagged and mostly inaccessible fire line is 9.5km in length, situated 3 km inside the borders of the Cape Winelands District. The Franschhoek pass remains closed.
There are currently 175 ground crew members from both CWDM, CapeNature and Working on Fire fighting the fire, presently there is no threat to property. Aerial support has been activated, there are five helicopters doing waterdrops in co-ordination with the ground crews.
The CWDM again, calls on all visitors and communities to be aware of the dangers of fires during this time of year and request that we all keep our firefighters in our thoughts.
Next update: 16:00