The fire that broke out on the Paarl Mountain in the Boland last night is under control. Two helicopters started water-bombing in the early hours of this morning to extinguish the blaze. The team now consists of 24 firefighters who have been battling strong winds to bring the fire under control. No properties were threatened and there was no need for evacuations. Firefighters from the Drakenstein, Cape Winelands and Stellenbosch Municipalities are still on the scene carrying out mopping up operations. Drakenstein Mayor, Conrad Poole, says the cause of the fire is being investigated: “Following aggressive firefighting operations for a large part of the evening due to a strong wind, two helicopters started water-bombing the area early this morning to ensure that the fire is fully extinguished. This includes hotspots still found over an extensive area of plantation on the northern side of the mountain, above Rhebokskloof. The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated by the South African Police Service.” Meanwhile, one person has died in a shack fire at the Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu. Councillor in the area, Bongani Ncombolo, says the fire destroyed four shacks before it was put out. It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. He says the victim was asleep at the time the broke out.
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