Cause of Cape fires still unknown, blaze rages on in Paarl
Another hot & windy day has been forecast in the Paarl valley, which could fan flames & hamper firefighting efforts.
CAPE TOWN – Firefighters say they haven’t lost hope as they continue to battle a devastating blaze in Paarl.
At least 200 firefighters struggled to contain the fire on Tuesday.
They’ve been assisted by two helicopters as well as two helicopters from the Defence Force.
The blaze started on Monday on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof pass.
Drakenstein Farm Watch secretary Tessa van Leeuwen Boomkamp says it has been an exhausting couple of days.
“If we lose hope then we must all go home and sleep. It is something I would love to do, but I haven’t lost hope.”
She has commended efforts by firefighters and locals in the community.
“All people helped to evacuate animals. People came from all over to help. The security company has also shown immense support.”
According to the Winelands Fire Protection Association's Dale Nortje, one house has been engulfed by the flames and four other houses have been damaged.
Another hot and windy day has been forecast in the valley, which could fan flames and hamper firefighting efforts.
Investigators have been deployed to probe the cause of devastating fires within the City of Cape Town.
Since November, firefighters have responded to over 4,500 fires.
Officials have requested residents to report fires immediately.
Cape Town firefighters have responded to an average of 75 fires a day since the beginning of November.
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Social Services and Safety Mayco member JP Smith says nearly 80% of these fires have been classified as bush, grass and rubbish fires.
“The spike in fires is extremely suspicious. We have an investigative team looking into it. If members of the public have any information, please do come forward.”
Nearly R400 million has been spent on the city’s fire and rescue infrastructure over the past 10 years.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)