Du Toitskloof Pass reopened, nearby fire still being monitored

A blaze broke out near the pass this week resulting in the closure of the road.

FILE: Members of the Drakenstein Farm Watch assisting with firefighting efforts along the Du Toitskloof Pass. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Du Toitskloof Pass has been reopened while firefighters continue monitoring a fire on the mountain slopes.

A blaze broke out near the pass this week resulting in the closure of the road.

Locals from the surrounding farming areas were on Thursday advised to evacuate their homes as a precautionary measure as the fire creeped closer to their properties.

There have been no reports of structural damages or serious injuries.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says there are still two active fire lines inaccessible to firefighters.

Africa says it poses no immediate danger.

“We reopened the Du Toitskloof Pass to traffic after being closed since Thursday afternoon because of the fire. We reopened it this morning.”

PUBLIC URGED TO REPORT FIRES

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department has again asked the public to be alert and report
fires as soon as they are spotted.

The province has been ravaged by fires since the start of the season.

Of the three high-risk areas that have been identified pre-fire season, the West Coast region is the only one that has not seen any devastating fires thus far.

The department’s James-Brent Styan says they are worried this could change in upcoming weeks due to strong winds and the dry conditions.

“We are just calling on the public to continue being aware of the dangers and threats of fires and to report fires when and where they do break out in their regions.”