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Gallery: Fires devastate Clanwilliam

Western Cape

A massive fire in the area between Clanwilliam and Wupperthal is beginning to die out.

But the flames, which have been tearing through the arid countryside for almost 10 days, have killed a man, destroyed homes and farming equipment, and left almost 500 square kilometres of land in ruin.

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130124. Clanwilliam. A burned out tractor on Bennet O Connel's tea and cattle farm at the foot of the Pakhuis Pas near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus24 january 2013 clanwilliam fire130124. Clanwilliam. A burned out tractor on Bennet O Connel's tea and cattle farm at the foot of the Pakhuis Pas near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. A burned out tractor on Bennet O Connel's tea and cattle farm at the foot of the Pakhuis Pas near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. A burned out tractor on Bennet O Connel's tea and cattle farm at the foot of the Pakhuis Pas near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. One of three cottages that burned down during a fire on a farm near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. Working on Fire teams working hard in the Pakhuis Pas to bring the fire under control. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. Tea and Cattle farmer Bennet O Connel's speaks to the Cape Argus about his huge loss during the fire in the Clanwilliam area. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. The inside view of an destroyed cottage on a farm near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape ArgusClanwilliam fire130124. Clanwilliam. Nothing left inside a burned house on a farm near Clanwilliam. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. Couches,chairs and a few bicycles were seen on the lawn infront of a burned out house.  Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam.Council workers replace signage along Pakhuis pas after a fire swept through the area.Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. Craig Mohr (7) explaining the size of the fire. With him is his mother Di and twin brother Nick.Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. Koos Jantjies, a local "hero" from a farm near Pakhuis fought through the night trying to save some houses on a farm. Fires lasting for the last 10 days now have been destroying everything that comes in its way. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus130124. Clanwilliam. A landscape seen from Pakhuis Pas near Clanwilliam after a 10 day long fire.Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

According to reports, Christo Fourie, the retired FNB bank manager in Clanwilliam, had been helping fight the fire. He went missing on Wednesday and his body was found on Thursday in the charred veld near his vehicle.

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