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Fire crews hard at work battling Stellies fire

Emergency personnel worked through the night monitoring the blaze after strong winds fuelled the flames.

Fire crews have been brought in from the Eastern and Southern Cape to assist with the Jonkershoek blaze in Stellenbosch on 10 March 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Fire crews are still working feverishly to contain a raging fire in the Jonkershoek Valley near Stellenbosch.

Emergency personnel worked through the night monitoring the blaze after strong winds fuelled the flames.

A runaway wild fire is tearing through the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

Additional firefighters and helicopters have been deployed to battle the blaze.

More officials and resources are being brought in from the Eastern Cape and Southern Cape.

While no property is in danger, the flames continue to threaten a dense pine plantation.

The unrelenting inferno has already ravaged 700 hectares of vegetation.

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

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.

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