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Jonkershoek fire contained, but not fully extinguished

Resources from the Eastern and Southern Cape have been deployed to assist with the blaze near Stellenbosch.

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has been closed while firefighters battle a blaze. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of firefighters battling a runaway veld fire in the Jonkershoek valley near Stellenbosch on Tuesday said the blaze was largely contained, but not fully extinguished.

The fire, which broke out high in the mountains on Monday, had already ravaged close to 700 hectares of vegetation.

As additional fire crews hastily made their way through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, firefighters stood at the ready, high up on the mountain slopes.

Resources have been deployed from the Eastern and Southern Cape to assist with the blaze.

Firefighters monitored the area through the night after the inferno came dangerously close to the pine plantation.

Last week a fire on the Southern Peninsula ravaged 5,000 hectares of vegetation and destroyed 13 homes.

EWN looks at the numbers behind the recent fire, which devastated parts of Cape Town last week.

Meanwhile, some conservationists at the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve said the wild fire in the area could be detrimental to the young veld.

Environmental experts said some fauna and flora species, still recovering from a fire in 2009, may not survive the current inferno.

For now, emergency helicopters have resumed water bombing in the area.

Some conservationists in the area said animal species like the near threatened Landdroskop-mos frog may not survive the devastation.

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