Cape fire contained, firefighters monitor hot spots

While the blaze has been largely contained, crews continue to monitor for flare ups on the South Peninsula.

Two firefighters take a load off after battling raging fires in Clovelly in the Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters will continue to monitor a number of hot spots on the South Peninsula following a runaway fire that engulfed much of the region this week.

A blaze flared up near Hout Bay on Thursday but was swiftly contained.

The wild fire, which broke out in Muizenberg on Sunday and quickly spread to surrounding suburbs, has reduced thousands of hectares of land to ashes and has damaged at least 14 homes.

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Adrie Botha's home is closest to where the fire flared up on Thursday.

She says that made it the ideal base for tired firefighters to catch their breath.

"These guys are such pros, you really feel safe when they're around."

Botha says living on the mountain has its pros and cons, runaway veld fires being one of them.

"We love being close to nature and mostly it's a wonderful thing but it does make us closer to fires."

The firefighters were grateful and even offered to share their refreshments.

Earlier on Thursday, Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said the main concern now was keeping the fires contained.

Bredell briefed the media at the Lakeside Fire Station, where the control centre painted a different picture to the scene on Wednesday night when the raging fires had subsided.

He said the devastation could have been worse.

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Meanwhile, a fire broke out in the Cape Point Nature Reserve late Wednesday after a lighting strike.

It was brought under control but flared-up again on Thursday afternoon.

Strong winds in the area were fanning the flames, making it difficult for firefighters to contain.

Meanwhile, firefighters fought around the clock to bring the runaway under control and have rightfully been hailed as heroes.

Fireman Walter Hisselman however says he isn't deterred by the dangers of the job.

"It was quite a hectic experience at first; strong winds, big flames, quite a bit if running around but it was fun. We had fun at the end of the day."

More than 2,000 people have been battling the raging inferno over the past four days and South Africans have been doing all they can to support the hard-working crews.

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