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WC firefighters battle to contain fires

Firefighters have stopped a veld fire in Simonsberg and responded to another in the Peninsula.

A farmworker douses flames next to an orchard on the Hillcrest Berry Farm on 20 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An out-of-control veld fire in the Cape Winelands town of Simonsberg has been stopped mere metres away from a residential area.

Authorities believe the blaze was started deliberately yesterday morning.

Farmers, firefighters and volunteers are battling to bring it completely under control.

The fire raged to within two metres from houses in Johannesdal.

Resident Catherin Meyer describes the massive flames.

"The fire climbed into the trees like a cat running up in the trees; and all the trees just burned down."

Several farms have suffered serious losses and overnight farmers had to protect their farms from nearing flames.

#simonsbergfire Farm workers at the Hillcrest Berry Farm are still trying to extinguish the flames AH pic.twitter.com/XdUEEhYD1b

The fire remains out of control, with property under threat.

#Simonsberg One of the more serious flare-ups. The fire remains out of control IM pic.twitter.com/df6safU5gF

Meanwhile, firefighters are battling to contain two fires raging across the Peninsula this afternoon.

In the south Peninsula firefighters have responded to a fire on the Glencairn Expressway where a blaze broke out near the Stonehaven Estate.

Additional fire crews and water bombers have been deployed to assist with firefighting efforts.

No injuries have been reported.

The city's fire and rescue services' Liesl Moodie says they have requested additional assistance in battling the blaze.

"Currently there is no property in danger. We have six vehicles in attendance and assistance from the Table Mountain National Parks has been requested."

Part of the expressway has been closed to traffic while fire firefighters battle the extensive veld fire.

Two helicopters have begun waterbombing the mountainous terrain above Kommetjie after a blaze broke out there earlier today.

#glencairnfire pilots have their work cut out for them, winds are blowing heavily along the Glencairn express. NM pic.twitter.com/nydBJHP4FP

The cobbled streets of the Stonehaven Estate are lined with fire trucks and fire hoses snaking to the nearest water supply.

#GlencairnFire fire trucks line the streets of Stonehaven Estate. NM pic.twitter.com/bWjJ6mfRtq

Firefighters say while the worst seems to be over, the strong winds and hotspots inaccessible to ground crews remain a concern.

This is the second bush fire to rip through the area in less than 24 hours.

Click here to take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire.

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