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#PaarlFire: Firefighters remain on high alert as blaze has been contained [photos & videos]

Things have since been calm in the Boland region.


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The skies in Paarl, Cape Town, were covered in dark smoke as the Paarl mountain caught fire on Thursday evening. The Drakenstein Municipality’s fire department has confirmed, though, that the #PaarlFire has been contained but that firefighters would remain on the scene to ensure that it doesn’t come alive again.

#PaarlFire has been contained

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According to Open News South Africa’s Twitter account, the fire broke out on the mountain at around 15:00 but at that point, it was no threat. Dry conditions in the area and gusty winds brought it to a scale that caused alarm in the town.

It went on to pick up momentum at around 18:00 near the nature reserve in the Waterfall area.

The Paarl Mountain is located at a safe distance from any residential properties and so far, there have not been any reports of damages to property.

Paarl residents and local fire and rescue services were on hand to provide updates on the situation on Twitter.

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Vulcan Wildfire was a lot more involved, giving out instructions to residents on what to do when flying embers land on their property.

What caused the #PaarlFire?

It has been revealed that, at this point at least, there has been no indication as to what caused the fires.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is said to be working with the fire and rescue department of the Drakenstein Municipality to locate the source that ignited the blaze.

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Daan van Leeuwen Boomkamp is the chairperson of the Drakenstein Farm Watch. He was quoted in an Eyewitness News article giving an update on the situation at Paarl mountain, as he has been on scene throughout the night.

“We could see that it was getting out of hand because the wind was blowing in the wrong direction,” he stated”

He added that because of the firefighters, the situation has been contained and the safety of residents in the Boland region has been assured.

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Watch: Residents get footage of the #PaarlFire