Homes damaged in fire

According to the latest available information four houses have been damaged and residents of the Silvermine retirement village in Noordhoek has been evacuated due to the fire raging in the peninsula's deep South.

Social media channels are buzzing with information regarding the fire and according to the twitter feed of Volunteer Wildfire Services more than 3 000 hectares has been lost in the fire.

On Sunday, the firefighters were dispatched to put out a fire above Boyes Drive which ranged in the mountains towards Ou Kaapseweg. Table Mountain National Parks, Working on Fire and Wildfire Services all sent out firefighters to fight the fire, which broke out in the early morning.It was fanned by heavy winds and spread from Peck’s Valley, above Boyes Drive to Ou Kaapseweg.

Working on Fire spokesman Philip Prins said that because of the harsh condition it was difficult to locate the fire. “We knew there was a fire, but we had a problem locating it. It was difficult to see it properly in the mist.”

Prins said that since Saturday afternoon his workers had been working tirelessly. “It’s a terrible fire and we are in a very bad situation. The fire has still not been contained.”

*On Saturday firefighters battled a fierce blaze which was dangerously close to homes in Betty’s Bay. Resources were stretched to capacity and Cape Town teams were sent to help douse the flames. Marlu Rust, the commander in control of firefighting operations, said the blaze had spread between houses, but no residents had been evacuated.

Overstrand Municipality mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie said firefighters were also battling a smaller blaze near Hawston and this was placing a burden on resources.

Lisel Krige, a councillor in the area, said earlier that three firefighting helicopters had tried to douse the flames, but could not be operated after nightfall.

“We’re receiving reinforcement from Cape Town,” she said.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Theo Lane said the Overstrand Municipality had asked for help because houses were under threat. He said five fire engines and personnel from the city were dispatched to the scene. A Volunteer Wildfire Services team was also sent from Jonkershoek.

Checkers has said that they would be supplying water, energy drinks as well as further items to the firefighters, volunteers and the retirement village residents and if any would like to contribute they could do so by dropping off items at their Fish Hoek and Muizenberg Shoprite stores

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