Veld fire rages in Hout Bay

Veld fire rages in Hout Bay

16 November 2010

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South Africa —  Firefighters have been battling a veld fire on the slopes of Vlakkenberg Mountain in the Cape coastal suburb of Hout Bay.

Eight trucks and a helicopter have been deployed to the scene.

Fire Services spokesperson Theo Lane said strong winds have also been hampering firefighters’ efforts.

“The wind is very strong. It is in excess of 50 kilometres per hour. Inaccessibility is also an issue there as the fire is quite high up on the slopes,” he said.

Lane added that it was not clear what sparked the blaze.

The fire has been encroaching on two properties in the area. Motorists have been warned to be cautious as smoke is affecting visibility on the roads in the area.

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