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Scarborough homes under threat from wildfire

The fire started in the Klawer Valley on Tuesday night.

FILE: At least 100 firefighters battled a fire that broke out in Scarborough on 11 January 2016. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Homes in Scarborough are under threat as a wildfire advances on the area.

The fire started in the Klawer Valley on Tuesday night.

Local authorities and members of the neighbourhood watch are doing the rounds in the neighbourhood, putting people on standby in case an evacuation is needed.

This resident explains the situation: “The fire is about 50 metres away from the nature reserve in Scarborough. The first houses are close to it. Fire engines are moving in. Everybody's on standby. We’re starting to evacuate that part of the village.”

Meanwhile, several Gordon’s Bay residents are counting the costs after their homes were destroyed in wildfires.

The blaze gutted at least four houses. Much of the area was also without power after two substations were damaged.

The N2 in the Sir Lowry’s Pass area and the R44 also had to be closed.

Animal welfare Helderberg was evacuated before the property was destroyed.

No injuries have been reported.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)