S. Cape Christmas Day fire contained

Separate large vegetation fires in the Overstrand and Southern Cape have been brought under control.

This file picture shows a helicopter pouring water onto runaway veld fires. Picture: Helivac.

CAPE TOWN - Separate large vegetation fires in the Overstrand and Southern Cape have been brought under control.

A team of Eden District Municipality firefighters have been battling a blaze near Albertinia for the past four days.

The extensive blaze broke out on Christmas Day, forcing the temporary closure of the N2 Highway.

The district's fire chief, Lester Smit, on Sunday said the highway was reopened last night.

Smit said there had been no reports of injuries or damage to properties.

"Currently, we have five vehicles on the line to mop-up and monitor the fire, as well as two ground crews."

At the same time, Overstrand officials are monitoring a veld fire which caused a massive power outage near Hermanus.

The blaze destroyed four pylons next to the R43 yesterday, municipality officials said.

It is understood the blaze started when lightning struck the Hemel en Aarde Valley on Christmas Eve.

Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell was on the scene this morning and said the fire had been contained.

"We managed to save 98 percent of the properties, so I'm very proud of the team.

"Now we will monitor the area fire for the next 48 hours, and we've also got a team to [register the names of people] who lost their caravans, boats and other properties."