The beginning of fire season has already proven to be challenging for firefighters across the Cape – devastating blazes in the Kosovo township of Phillipi, as well as an all-destroying fire in Khayelitsha have marked the start of the Cape’s wild fires.

Working on Fire (WOF) firefighters on the Garden Route have been battling a blaze in Vermaaklikheid since Sunday, which shows no signs of abating.

The fire has sprung up on what is known as a ‘hot spot’ near the Duivenshokriver on the Garden Route. This area falls under the Hessequa municipality, and a total of five houses have been lost to the flames.


WOF deployed both firefighters and pilots to continue the battle against the Vermaaklikheid blaze, and a spotter plane was deployed along with a chopper at first light.

Speaking to News24, Municipal Manager of the Hessequa Municipality, Johan Jacobs, said that they are providing assistance to the Garden Route District Municiapality.

Picture: Twitter/Working on Fire

Article written by

Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.