Additional firefighters have been deployed to contain the fire that broke out on Saturday, January 8, in the mountains near Kleinmond in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.
According to reports, the fire has now caused the closure of the scenic R44 coastal road while threatening the luxury Arabella Hotel, Golf and Spa. Working on Fire spokesperson, Limakatso Khalianyane, indicated that no properties were damaged, but teams are continuing to battle the blaze.
“Ground crews, firefighters from Working on Fire as well as other firefighting agencies are working tirelessly to put out the blaze. Aerial resources flew earlier on but they had to withdraw due to the wind.”
“They continue to be on standby in order to assist whenever weather conditions are favourable and whenever they are required,” Khalianyane said.
Overberg District Municipality said on Monday, January 10, that the fire is currently burning down from the mountain and in the direction of the Arabella hotel, however, all efforts are being made to re-open the R44 for traffic.
“The left roadway from Kleinmond R44 towards the R43 crossing will be utilized for emergency vehicles. The public will be escorted to the open lane. Stop n go system is in place to alleviate the congestion on both sides. The situation may change,” the municipality said.
Picture: Facebook/Overberg Wildfire Volunteers