Kogel Bay fire 'mostly' contained

11 January 2019 - 08:11 By Iavan Pijoos
Earlier this week, helicopters water-bombed areas that were inaccessible to firefighting crews on the ground.
Earlier this week, helicopters water-bombed areas that were inaccessible to firefighting crews on the ground.
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Firefighters are still fighting a blaze in the mountain area of Kogel Bay in the Western Cape.  

“The mountain fire along the R44 Kogel Bay and Steenbras dam area has been mostly contained,” Cape Town Fire spokesperson Theo Layne said on Friday morning.

Layne said only a few hotspots remained, but fire-fighting crews monitored the area overnight.

He said there were about eight fire fighters on the ground.

The R44 remained closed to traffic.

“It will be evaluated later today to determine whether it would be re-opened.”  

Earlier this week, helicopters water-bombed areas that were inaccessible to crews on the ground.

Layne said at the time that strong winds were hampering their efforts.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old man who allegedly started the wildfire near Betty’s Bay in the Western Cape is expected to apply for bail next week.

The man allegedly shot a signal flare into the air. It was carried by a southerly wind into fynbos on a mountain slope behind his house.

The man is facing charges under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act for causing a fire, discarding a burning object in a place where it could start a fire and acting in a manner likely to cause a fire.


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