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Garden Route breathes a hopeful sigh of relief

After two days of devastating fires across the Garden Route –- which saw thousands of residents displaced and more than 300 lose their homes -– locals and emergency workers could breathe a hopeful sigh of relief on Thursday night when most fires had been contained. The worst affected areas include[…]

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Somerset West fires still burning

Thick smoke from fires raging in the Somerset West area covered the Cape Peninsula on Wednesday morning. Helicopters and fixed-wing planes were back on the scene in the early morning hours, while firefighters were on duty overnight to douse the flames on the upper slopes of the mountain in Somerset[…]

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Fish Hoek residents grateful to firefighters

Families forced to evacuate their Fish Hoek homes on Thursday night, fear they may have to do so again as a fire continues to burn on the adjacent mountain. Residents on Mountain and Contour roads were told to leave on Thursday afternoon as the then-uncontained blaze burnt dangerously close to[…]

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Extreme weather keeps WC firefighters on their toes

Extreme weather conditions have kept Western Cape firefighters on their feet for the past 10 days. “Shortly after the beginning of the new year, conditions have steadily worsened. High speed winds and very dry conditions are making areas particularly vulnerable to runaway fires,” said Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton[…]

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Cape Town firefighting effort continues

About 200 firefighters would spend Monday night fighting the flames in and around Scarborough, Cape Town, city officials said. The fire had spread to Ocean View, Misty Cliffs, and Kommetjie and was being fanned by a strong south-easterly wind, said spokesperson Liezl Moodie. The fire gained momentum since it began[…]

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Firefighters battle Hermanus blaze

Around 20 firefighters were busy containing a vegetation fire in Hermanus on Tuesday morning, an official said. Ground crews were tackling hotspots in the Hemel and Aarde Valley, said Overstrand chief fire officer Lester Smith. The fire started in Fernkloof on Sunday. “On Sunday afternoon, one house was in danger,[…]

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