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

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She enjoys reading the works of Stephen King, and exploring the beauty of Cape Town and its surrounds.