The Cape Winelands District Municipality fire services stopped the terrific burning in Franschhoek and did not allow the blaze to reach the agricultural areas and town’s borders. The municipality said on Friday that a special operation on Thursday afternoon managed the fire with a help of backburning and wet lines. Helicopters and special cars created a wet line, and the Franschhoek Pass served as a firebreak.
As a result of the incident, some people have been evacuated and 5 472ha of veld was destroyed.
“Thanks to this precautionary measure, no damage to property, injuries or loss of life occurred. The fire does, however, continue to burn in the high altitude areas, where it poses no risk to life or property. These areas can now be prioritised and further management will be decided on at the incident command’s morning meeting,” the municipality said.