Crews scale back as Cape fire relents
The wildfire that broke out in the mountains above Muizenberg this week has finally been contained.
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CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services say they've further scaled back their efforts at the Muizenberg fire that's ravaged thousands of hectares of land.
Almost a week of blazes on the Southern Peninsula have also forced evacuations, caused millions of rands in damages and prompted a massive response.
Volunteer firefighters from Tenison in the Free State take a break after fighting raging fires in Clovelly in the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
Hot spots are being monitored but officials say they now have the fire under control.
Some major roads in the area have also been reopened.
The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services' Theo Layne says, "With the Muizenberg fire, we have now down scaled to nine vehicles on scene to monitor the area and douse flare ups if and when they occur. There are no runaway flare ups."
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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.
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Meanwhile, a local fireman who was injured while battling the blaze says he loves his job despite its dangers.
Frank Forbay sustained severe burns during firefighting operations this week.
Lying in his hospital bed, Forbay speaks of his love for his job.
"I'm a very proud firefighter, I love what I do, it's my passion and it's what I live for."
The father of two has been a firefighter for more than two decades.
He was hospitalised earlier this week after sustaining severe burn wounds to his hands and face when a gas cylinder exploded while he was fighting a blaze at the luxury Tintswalo Lodge in Hout Bay.
Despite the incident, he's in high spirits.
He's been booked off from work for a month but is itching to get back into his firefighting gear.
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Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell says while the extent of the devastation is vast, thankfully no lives were lost.
"We need to contain the fire and we need to keep our ground forces to keep it because it's currently very windy out there."
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More than 2,000 people battled the raging inferno over the past few days and South Africans have been doing all they can to support the hardworking crews.