Monday, February 23, 2009

Fire fighters battle Sir Lowry’s Pass fire

By Mikhaila Crowie
23 February 2009

Several people have been evacuated overnight as gale force winds fuelled a veldfire near the Sir Lowry’s Pass village, outside Somerset West.

Smoke spreading from the area has led to concerned residents as far away as Hout Bay calling the local fire services to find out what is going on.

About 30 fire engines and more than 50 fire fighters are battling to contain the blaze.

A helicopter has been called in to assist as the fire is rapidly spreading in the direction of the N2 highway.

The City’s Fire Chief Ian Schnetler said the fires were under control but picked up again yesterday.


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