2 fires burning in different parts of WC

In Tulbagh in the Winelands District firefighters have been battling a blaze on a mountain since Tuesday.

About 100 firefighters were deployed to assist the Garden Route Municipality and the Southern Cape FPA in containing the Vermaaklikheid Fire. Picture: @wo_fire/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - At least two large fires are still burning in different parts of the Western Cape.

In Tulbagh in the Winelands District, firefighters have been battling a blaze on a mountain since Tuesday.

Colin Deiner, the head of Disaster Management in the Western Cape, says no properties are in immediate danger.

“The left flank of the fire has been contained, there was still a problem on the right flank. There are no threats to the houses, the Cape Winelands Fire and Rescue Services is dealing with the fire at the moment. So, I think we are quite happy with where we’re standing with that fire,” said Deiner.

Meanwhile, a fire in Vermaaklikheid along the Garden Route continues to rage for the fourth day.

It’s led to some residents in the small town needing to be moved to a safer location.

“Our structures tally is still seating at nine, we lost two in the last 24 hours and there are about 2,000 hectares that were burnt in this fire. So, right now we’re making good progress despite the heat, we’re running at about 38 degrees Celsius and the guys are doing well,” Overberg Fire and Disaster Management chief Reinhard Geldenhuys said.

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Disaster Management says some residents affected by a Hangberg fire are starting to rebuild their structures.

The blaze in the Hout Bay community is just one of the many that hit the city over the past five days.

The fire ravaged the Hida informal settlement, claimed the lives of two people and destroyed 30 structures, displacing over 100 residents on Friday.

Disaster Risk Management Centre's Mandy Thomas says some of the displaced residents are still at the Hout Bay Civic Centre.

“The city’s Informal Settlement Management Department has assisted the residents with fire kits to rebuild their structure and we have requested Sassa to assist with humanitarian aid.”

Sassa is assisting by providing meals, clothes, hygiene packs, baby formula and other necessities.