Cape Town – The veld fire in the Franschhoek mountains which has been burning since Monday is threatening to encroach on the borders of the town.
Being fanned by a south-easterly wind, more than 5 000 hectares of vegetation have already been destroyed.
DA premier candidate in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, has requested the provincial police commissioner to investigate the cause of the veld fire in the Franschhoek Valley. This follows his visit to the area yesterday.
There are currently around 20 private landowner vehicles assisting with fire control. A number of farmers and their staff have, due to the thick smoke and as a health precaution, evacuated their homes, the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) said in a statement.
The CWDM Fire Services, together with partners, CapeNature and Winelands Fire Protection Association, said 169 firefighters and 23 firefighting vehicles are attending to the fire, supported by three helicopters, which will start water bombing as soon as the wind conditions allow.