Cape Winelands veldfire continue to burn out of control

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The Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape says multiple fires in the area continue to burn out of control.

The fire in Kluitjieskraal in Wolseley has now been burning for 6 days.

Over 6000 hectares of vegetation and about forty structures have been gutted by the veld fire.

In Fairy Glen in Worcester, seven structures on private property have been destroyed.

Municipal spokesperson Joanne Otto says some of the crews have been on the lines for more than 24 hours.

“As feared, the fire jumped the road into the Slanghoek side of the Bain’s Kloof Pass. On the Slanghoek side of the past, teams are doing their best to keep the fire running along the mountainous areas to prevent it from moving towards structures and vineyards.”

“On the other side of the road, the wind has pushed the fire back towards Steenbok Park, where the fire services protected structures. Bain’s Kloof Pass is currently open; however, motorists should note that it can be closed at short notice, and use of this route is at their own discretion,” says Otto.

Yesterday, the city battled a vegetation fire near the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

Guests have been evacuated and Tafelberg Road was closed off to the public to ensure emergency vehicles have unobstructed access.

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