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Firefighters keep close eye on Cape Point fire

Officials say there are between 70 to 80 firefighters with tankers at Cape Point.

FILE: Firefighters will continue to keep a close eye on Cape Point after a fire flare-up in the area on Sunday. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters will continue to keep a close eye on a Cape Point fire after a flare-up in the area on Sunday.

Fire crews were stretched to the limit battling a runaway blaze that ravaged the Southern Peninsula last week.

_ WATCH: _Amazing footage of Cape fire water bombing.

Table Mountain National Park's Phillip Prins says there are 70 and 80 firefighters with tankers at Cape Point.

"They're still working in the lines. We still have one team also patrolling the line above Constantia. That team we bringing down today and that line we are declaring safe. "

_ WATCH: _ Cape fire aftermath.

Last week, additional fire crews were roped in to help battle the blaze in Cape Point.

The fire was sparked by a lightning strike.

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.

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR HENDRICK MARAIS

Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in for a helicopter pilot who died during firefighting operations in the South Peninsula.

Hendrik Marais was killed in a force-landing yesterday in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

South African National Parks (Sanparks) says Marais, or 'bees' as he was affectionately known by his family and colleagues, played a vital role in battling the runaway blaze that ravaged the region.

Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa has sent her condolences to Marais' family.

Working on Fire's Evelyn Holtzhausen says Marais was a decorated pilot.

"When something like this happens it really has an impact on all of them. They realize that they are flying in tricky conditions, taking into account now they are very sad by this whole thing. He had a vast experience of flying helicopters, closely over 10,00 hours of flight."

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the crash.

For the latest on the Cape fires click here.

For EWN's special feature on Cape fires, click here.

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