Friday, February 26, 2021

Firefighters are continuing to battle a wildfire in the Cape Winelands

Firefighters are continuing to battle a major wildfire in the mountains in the backend of Banhoek and Jonkershoek valleys, in the Cape Winelands.

The fire has been burning high in the mountains for some days with most fire lines that have been inaccessible. The Cape’s South-Easter and high temperatures is also not helping the situation, either.

There are currently 107 fire fighters on the fire and eight purpose built firefighting vehicles. The Stellenbosch Fire Services and emergency services are on standby.

The Western Cape’s Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell, says the fire teams worked throughout the night in efforts to contain the fire.

“Fresh teams replaced the overnight shift this morning and the work continues, particularly within the high-risk areas. Aerial resources will be deployed when conditions are favourable. The terrain is very mountainous and the strong wind isn’t helping. The forecast for the weekend is for the hot and windy conditions to prevail.”

All trails in the area have been closed until further notice.

“Please avoid the area and trails leading to the area as the variable winds can change direction at short notice which may pose a serious threat.”

Residents in the vicinity of the fire and in particular the Jonkershoek Valley are advised to take some precautionary steps including:

·        Remain Hydrated.

·        Keep windows and doors closed until further notice as protection against smoke and heat.

·        Keep pets indoors where possible.

·        Move garden furniture that is flammable under cover where possible.

·        If the situation gets worse, residents will be alerted timeously.

 

In the event of an emergency please contact:

·        Stellenbosch Fire Services – 021 808 8888

·        Cape Winelands – 021 886 9244 / 021 887 4446

·        Provincial Emergency Number – 112

 

“There is no need for panic or fear, there are experienced teams on site and the situation is being closely monitored at all times,” says Bredell.


Done By: Mitchum George

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