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At least 3 farm structures destroyed in Houwhoek Pass fire

Additional fire crews and two helicopters have been deployed to assist with fire-fighting operations.

Firefighters and other teams are working closely together to extinguish the Houwhoek Pass fire. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjie/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - At least three farm structures have already been destroyed in the bush fires raging along the Houwhoek Pass in Overberg district.

Additional fire crews and two helicopters have been deployed to assist with fire-fighting operations this morning.

No injuries have been reported.

Firefighters in the Overberg are preparing are in for another long day, with some working late into the night to bring an extensive vegetation fire under control.

The Overberg Municipality’s Reinard Geldenhuys says while the weather seems to be playing along today, helicopters have resumed water bombing areas inaccessible to fire crews.

“We still have lines burning out of control. We are deploying more teams and bringing in aerial support to suppress the southern lines closer to the highlands forestry area.”

Yesterday, some homes and a packed wedding venue in Grabouw had to be evacuation as a precautionary measure.

A trail run scheduled to take place in Lebanon forest today has also been cancelled.

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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