Firefighters are continuing their battle in containing two fires in Robertson and Paarl in the Western Cape.
According to the latest reports on Sunday, 23 January, the Robertson fire that started by lightning late yesterday afternoon is burning out of control. The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) said in a statement that fire teams have identified now areas where lines are currently burning actively in the most inaccessible areas of the Langeberg Mountains.
“The fire line is very large and due to a combination of factors including inaccessibility, the effective deployment of resources and in the interest of the protection of lives, infrastructure and property, the fire teams will act pro-actively.
“The progress of the fire is being monitored by teams on both the Montagu and the Robertson sides. These teams will focus their resources on preventing the fire from reaching the property,” the CWDM said.
The CWDM further mentioned that the fire in Paarl is mostly contained, however, the dense vegetation, most of which is still smouldering is causing a lot of smoke.
“At this stage firefighting activities are going well, however teams are concerned that the wind may pick up causing sparks to travel to the nearby thatched structures,” the CWDM added.
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