Franshhoek pass opened after fire

Franshhoek pass opened after fire

10 February 2008

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South Africa — The Franschhoek Pass in the Boland, Western Cape, has been re-opened to traffic after a grass and fynbos fire, the SABC said on Sunday.

A fire official said that while the blaze had not been extinguished yet, it was no longer burning near the road.

Since late on Saturday, fires spread higher up the mountain but were no longer posing a threat to life or property.

The spokesperson said there was a likelihood that the helicopters deployed on Saturday to fight the fire could be used again on Sunday morning to put the blaze out.

The Bainskloof Pass near Wellington has also been re-opened to traffic after Saturday’s fire.

The blaze was contained and brought under control during the night, the SABC said.


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