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WC firefighters battle Overberg blaze

The wildfire, which is yet to be contained, stretches across 4,000 hectares between the Overberg Missile Test Range and De Hoop Airstrip.

FILE: A Cape Town fire fighter battles a blaze. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape firefighters are battling a large wildfire near the Overberg Missile Test Range.

The fire stretches across 4,000 hectares between the test range and De Hoop Airstrip.

Overberg District Fire Chief Reinard Geldenhuys says the blaze is yet to be contained.

“The area is about 4,500 hectares already. We have three helicopters working, and quite a lot of ground teams.”

A volunteer wildfire service has warned that large plumes of smoke are billowing across the area.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)