The Cape Winelands District Municipality says the fire in the Franschhoek valley is no…

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The Cape Winelands District Municipality says the fire in the Franschhoek valley is no…

The Cape Winelands District Municipality says the fire in the Franschhoek valley is no longer a threat to the town or agricultural property. The pass has also been reopened. A spokesperson for the municipality’s fire services, Jo-Anne Otto say all resources are however now deployed to areas high in the mountains where sections of the fire are still burning out of control. She says helicopters were used to drop off the fire fighters into these high areas. “The fire team are making use of many resources to fight this fire, 140 firefighters, 22 fire vehicles and three helicopters have been deployed to try to contain the fire. The fire line is currently made up of several broken lines, when added together is not less than 5km, but no longer than 7kms. However teams have been deployed to areas where the fire line has been extinguished to continue beating to ensure that there are no flare-ups. The fire has affected 6235 hectares of vegetation, not all of the veld is fynbos, a lot of the area is covered in what is known as ‘dirty forest’ in other words the areas is made up of alien vegetation and fynbos.” (Photo: CWDM )


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