Fire brought under control at Paardeberg


The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s fire services and its partners have confirmed that the fire at Paardeberg between Paarl and Malmesbury, which they have been battling since Wednesday afternoon, has been brought under control.

RNews reported earlier that the extent of fires in the Western Cape over the Christmas period was staggering with wildfires in particular raging unabated.

According to Anesca Roodt, municipal spokesperson, the fire was fueled by a combination of hot weather, strong wind and dense vegetation of 20 years which provided a rich fuel load.

“Saturday’s cooler weather, combined with the forecast rain, helped to contain the fire. Cleanup and monitoring activities will continue until the area is deemed safe,” says Roodt.

Roodt says they have responded to several fires in the past week.

“We are grateful that there were no injuries or loss of life, although unfortunately there was loss of property.

“We want to remind the public that the current hot weather can cause wildfires and request that everyone be careful when they are outside.

“Don’t throw cigarette butts in the field and remember to put out a barbecue fire completely before you leave the area. Coals from a cigarette butt or former fire can easily ignite in a breeze and, if blown into dry vegetation, cause a devastating wildfire.”