In an update released on Monday morning, the Cape Winelands District Municipality reported that their Fire Services team made excellent progress on Sunday in containing the active fire lines in the Jonkershoek Valley.
“The incident command reported that the wind did not pick up in the late evening as was predicted, which in turn allowed them to troop a few teams into the higher peaks. These ground teams spent the night focusing their efforts on the accessible fire lines and continued with mopping-up operations.
“All staff continued working through the night and will be replaced by fresh teams this morning,” the municipality says.
Due to the progress, the municipality says that they were able to allow additional help from the Overberg and West Coast District Municipalities, Provincial Disaster Management and the SANDF to return to their stations.
The municipality says that there are still active fire lines in the inaccessible kloof of Banhoek.
“The fire teams will spend today, focusing on hotspots, managing flare-ups and on-going mopping-up operations. There has been no loss of life, livelihood, or damage to property,” the municipality reports.