Another major and potentially devastating fire was reported in the southern Cape. This time in the Haelkraal area, 40km north of Mossel Bay, off the road that goes to Robinson Pass and Oudtshoorn.
It is unclear at this stage how or where the fire started.
The fire reached the Cape Pine / Geelhoutvlei Timbers pine plantation last night and Fire fighters, helicopters with bambi buckets and two fixed wing fire bombers have been battling the blaze since yesterday.
The wind picked up this morning and caused flareups, and by 2pm today the fire had spread itself over a number of fronts mainly due the wind. One of the flareups caused the fire to jump the Kouma River and to start its way up the hillsides towards the houses on a guest farm.
At some stages the helicopters were grounded due to poor visibility and unpredictable gusts of wind in the kloofs. At the moment the road to the plantation has been closed because it is too dangerous to drive through it.
The wild fire fighters are well coordinated and doing their best to control the situation. They are helped by the local farmers and their staff who are all working alongside the professional fire fighters to bring it under control and help the owners of the guest farm and their tenants to keep the fire away from the structures.
Watch this space for more as updates become available.
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