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Firefighters in Simonsberg remain on high alert

The fire in broke out on Tuesday and has destroyed nearly 3, 000 hectares of vegetation.

A Working on Fire helicopter water bombs a section of forest next to the vineyards of Muratie Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch as the region suffers a third day of battling the Simonsberg fire on 22 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - Firefighters will remain on Simonsberg mountain overnight, to battle what remains of the ongoing vegetation fire.

The fire in Simonsberg broke out on Tuesday and has destroyed nearly 3,000 hectares of vegetation, including vineyards.

Cape Winelands fire chief Danie Wilds says the blaze is more than eighty percent contained.

“There are still a number of active hot spots on the perimeter of the fire, but firefighters are attending to the hotspots and they are busy with active firefighting.”

Firefighters have been battling to contain the fire, which has been fanned by strong winds.

A wine farmer in the area says replacing lost vineyards will take years before delivering a harvest.

Uitkyk wine estate suffered heavy losses when the Simonsberg fire got into its vineyards on 21 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

The blaze has caused widespread devastation to farmland, and comes at a crucial time for wine farmers who are currently in their harvest season.

Some farmers affected by the massive battled to prevent it from ravaging their crops while others, who weren’t so lucky, assessed the damage.

The Western Cape has been ablaze, prompting the City, firefighting organisations and community members to join forces in fighting fires across the province, including parts of the south Peninsula.

Volunteers from neighbouring farms helped farmworkers and firefighters to keep the flames at bay at the Muratie Wine Estate on 22 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

WATCH: Desperate attempts to halt flames at Cape wine farms

Click here to take a look at EWN’s special feature on the 2015 fire.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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