The fire in the Franschhoek Valley has been contained. The fire that broke out…

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The fire in the Franschhoek Valley has been contained. The fire that broke out on Monday evening has destroyed more than 6800 hectares of vegetation and vineyards. Cape Winelands District Municipality spokesperson, Jo-Anne Otto, says fire crews supported by four helicopters fought tirelessly to contain the blaze. The fire needs to be completely cold for a period of 48 hours before it can be considered extinguished. Otto says there are however two factors that are causing some concern: “The cold front that is predicted for Tuesday, will be preceded by a north-westerly wind, which has the potential to re-ignite coals which may not yet have fully cooled down. The other factor is the fire line that has moved over the top of the mountains to the old High Noon side, this is the fire that was burning high up in the mountains which made operations difficult. In an effort to address this fire 60 firefighters and crews will be trooped in by two helicopters this morning, where they will stay to try and contain the fire.”


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  1. Prayers and hugs to every fire fighter We don’t really know and appreciate what you do So THANK YOU for leaving your families and putting your lives on the line to keep us and animals alive Mwah xxxxxxxx

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