A fire is burning between the mountain and the R44 direction Arabella. Earlier this morning, the fire line moved down to Kleinmond – Heuningkloof and structural protection was required. The aerial resources were deployed to assist with the suppression efforts.
According to Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa, fire crews are busy with structural protection and additional resources have been requested from the City of Cape Town and the Overberg District Municipality. Residents in the nearby area have voluntarily been evacuated and a community hall has been made available.
The public commends the firefighters who are hard at work while battling the blaze.
The City of Cape Town’s (COCT) Disaster Risk Management and Human Settlements Directorate teams have urged residents in informal settlements and in its Community Residential Units (CRU) to be extra vigilant over the summer fire season.
“We are encouraging residents to protect themselves and their neighbours by observing basic fire prevention strategies, such as keeping a watch over open flames, keeping a bucket of sand at hand as a first defence should a candle fall over and mounting a candle in a can with sand to enhance safety,” the City said.
Picture: Facebook / Overberg Wildfire Volunteers