Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bainskloof fires rage out of control

The fire that started in Bainskloof near Ceres in the Western Cape on Saturday is still out of control and being fanned by a strong wind at the bottom of the pass. Firefighters from various municipalities as well nature conservation personnel are doing their utmost to try and contain the flames. A ground control spokesperson said that the Pass is still closed to traffic and motorists should use alternative routes. Two firemen had to be treated for eye injuries. Many hectares of vegetation have already been destroyed, but no structural damage has been reported so far.

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