Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Golf estate residents start evacuation as mountain fire threatens homes

Several residents at a golf course in Somerset West evacuated their homes on Saturday as a fire that had been burning since Wednesday spread to them.

Jermaine Carelse, spokesman for the Cape Town City Fire Department, said the Firefighters would have been stationed to protect properties in Erinvale and elsewhere.

The fire broke out near Lourensford among pine trees on the slopes of the Helderberg. Carelse said 120 employees were involved in the fight on Saturday.

“An emergency management team has been put in place to deal with the situation and is currently employing firefighters from the city’s Fire and Rescue Service, Working on Fire, CapeNature, Volunteer Wildland Services and Helderberg Nature Reserve are on hand to help bring the fire under control,” he said.

“The wind picked up significantly overnight, causing the the fire in the inaccessible areas spread to previously unaffected areas.

“One of these is the Helderberg Nature Reserve, but flames are still blazing high up on the mountainsides.”

The Western Cape experienced on Saturday ahead of a warm northerly mountain wind The cold front is expected to bring down a torrent of rain from Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

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