Firefighters battle raging fire in Stellenbosch

The blaze broke out in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch earlier on Monday.

FILE: Manager at the Fire Protection Association, Dale Nortje, said firefighters had been deployed to try to contain the blaze. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters were hard at work again on Monday afternoon battling a raging fire in Stellenbosch.

The blaze broke out in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch earlier today.

Three choppers were on the scene water bombing the inferno.

Manager at the Fire Protection Association, Dale Nortje, said firefighters had been deployed to try to contain the blaze.

"At this stage there are probably about 200 to 300 hectares running uphill, so it's basically out of control at the moment."

Meanwhile, independent forensic investigator David Klatzow said the damage after the raging South Peninsula fire last week could have been far worse had it not been for well-skilled operational teams.

Dozens of firefighters battled raging infernos after a runaway veld fire, which broke out in the mountains in Muizenberg, spread to surrounding areas last week.

More than 5,000 hectares of vegetation was ravaged by the fire and 13 homes were gutted.

Klatzow commended the work of fire crews.

"The level of operational skill and the level of equipment that has been deployed is second to none in this town. Without the level of dedication and training we would have been in trouble."

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