More than 70 firefighters tackle the blaze in the Cape Winelands to keep it away from structures and crops. Image: CWDM Fire Services/Piet du Plessis
More than 70 firefighters and six ground teams are out fighting the devastating blaze in the Cape Winelands on Wednesday, 4 January 2023.
These men and woman worked through the night fighting fired in the mountains above Waverly Hills on the R46 between Ceres and Wolseley.
A Total of 73 firefighters, seven fire fighting vehicles and two choppers are to be on the scene.
Cape Winelands District Municipality spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto said crews had driven the flames away from structures and crops on Tuesday night, with ground crews working tirelessly through the night.
Otto said mist descended early on Wednesday morning but did not sufficiently aid firefighting efforts.
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Otto told Eyewitness News that the fire crews and six ground teams will continue with active firefighting activities in the Winelands today.
A large blaze above Waverly Hills spread into inaccessible areas of the mountains between Ceres and Wolseley on Wednesday morning.
Otto said helicopters will be deployed to assist in the firefighting effort as soon as the light mist in the area had subsided.
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“Before sundown last night, the fire crews contacted ground teams from NCC and Cape Nature, supported by Henley Air, and managed to drive the fire away from structures and crops, thus preventing loss of property and livelihood.”Jo-Anne Otto
The Winelands Fire Protection Association said the choppers stood down at last night, however the ground teams and firefighters continued to work throughout the night.
“In the early hours of this morning a light mist descended and although this brought much needed relief from the heat, the mist is too thin to aid fire fighting activities.”Winelands Fire Protection Association
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By this morning the fire line on the flank was burning down the Gully toward the old Toll House and the right flank, fuelled by aged, dense vegetation is burning up into the tops of the mountains.
The 73 firefighters and six ground teams continued to fight the blaze in the Cape Winelands.