Sunday, January 09, 2022

Firefighters battling a blaze in Highlands, Overberg

Firefighters are battling a blaze in Highlands in the Overberg region, which is burning towards Kleinmond.

According to the NGO, Working on Fire, two helicopters are water bombing the flames.

‘’The six inbound teams are from Robertson, Paarl, Somerset, and three from Grabouw. Three Working on Fire aerial resources that consist of a spotter plane that is performing the air traffic control function for the two choppers who are water bombing the flames.’’

‘’Our resources are assisting the Overberg District Municipality, Overstrand Municipality, Provincial Disaster Management, Cape Nature, and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment.’’

Spokesperson, Limakatso Khalianyane, said that teams battled the blaze since Saturday, but stopped working because of poor lighting.

‘’Yesterday (Saturday), WOF dispatched four teams and four aerial resources that flew for seven hours and were stood down because it was getting darker.’’

Khalianyane said the fire is burning actively high in the mountain and between the mountain and the R-44 in the direction of Arrabella.

‘’Early this morning the fire line moved down to Kleinmond - Heuningkloof & -Klip - (Western top) and structural protection was required. No damage to homes and no structures lost.  Currently, the fire is burning actively high in the mountain and between the mountain and the R44 direction Arrabella.’’

‘’During the night resources from the City of Cape Town joined the fight. The aerial resources are already deployed to assist with our suppression efforts,’’ added Khalianyane

 

SUPPLIED - WoF: Walkerbay team working on the line on Saturday

Done By: Mitchum George

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