South Africa — The Stellenbosch Fire Department received reports of 100 fires in only 72 hours, and Cape Towns fire department received 83 reports of fires during office hours on Friday alone! It seems as though the whole of Cape Town is on fire.
The Stellenbosch Fire Chief wasquoted as saying Everywhere. Every area. in response to being asked where fires had been reported. Apart from the Stellenbosch fires and the 83 other reports within the Cape Town city limits, fires have been reported in Somerset West, Clanwilliam, Gansbaai, Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay, Algeria, Moutonshoek, Philadelphia, Bellville, Tygerberg, Strand, Monwabisi and Blikkiesdorp.
Today the temperature hit 40°C, although fortunately the wind remained at bay until late this evening. In retrospect it seems as though the hot weather today was a blessing in disguise. Earlier this evening we had a few rain showers (caused by the warm air rising) that will certainly help dampen the dry veld, and at least slow down the fires progression. So far it looks as though Stellenbosch has had just over5mm of rain this evening. With weather reports predicting more rain, we can only hope that theyre accurate and that tomorrow holds in store many more showers.
If you missedyesterdays post, take a moment to look through thephoto album that shows photos taken just outside of Stellenbosch yesterday evening.