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Fire crews battle Du Toitskloof wildfire

The blaze broke out in the mountains along the pass earlier today.

A view of the wild fire in Du Toitskloof near Paarl in the Western Cape. Picture: Louise van Wyk/iWitness

CAPE TOWN - Du Toitskloof Pass has been closed to traffic due to an extensive wildfire.

Fire crews - including four waterbombing helicopters - have been deployed to a runaway wildfire in the area.

The blaze broke out in the mountains along the pass earlier today.

Cape Winelands fire chief Danie Wilds says no property is in danger.

"A fire has broken out in Du Toitskloof near the old tunnel on the R101. It spread rapidly before the arrival of the firefighting resources and its burning in veld, fynbos and proteas."

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says motorists are being redirected through the Huguenot tunnel.

"We've closed Du Toitskloof Pass for traffic, so currently the situation is extremely dangerous and we urge motorists to please use the Huguenot tunnel."

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