Firefighting crews have managed to contain the fires and bring them under control.

While most fires have been extinguished, there are remnants of the fires in hotspots, especially in the forestry areas. These remnants of the fire, however, are contained and are burning away from properties and do not pose a threat of spreading.

The situation is under control and Overberg District Municipality fire services will be deploying firefighters throughout the day to ensure that all fires have completely been extinguished.

The Theewaterskloof Municipality will continue to be on high alert and work with all agencies to ensure the safety of people and protection of properties.

Motorists can expect a thick cloud of smoke from Sir Lowry’s Pass to Peregrine, and this may affect visibility. Please switch headlights on and drive with extreme caution.

Firefighters worked tirelessly yesterday to extinguish and control multiple fires in the Grabouw and surrounding area.

The three major blazes were along Worcester Road, behind the Police Station in the Grabouw CBD as well as along the N2 in the direction of the Oude Brug farm. Many other smaller fires were also tackled in and around Grabouw.

Overberg District Municipality had five bakkie sakkie units on scene, while Working On Fire had three teams with three strike units and two bakkie sakkie units on site. Aerial resources were also tapped into, while neighbouring municipality, City of Cape Town, deployed an additional fire truck and strike unit to help fight the fires on the border.

Theewaterskloof’s water truck, five Law Enforcement vehicles, three Traffic vehicles and other support staff from our Town Office and Disaster Management department were on scene throughout the day to assist residents and fire services.

We also want to thank and acknowledge the many volunteers as well as the farmers from the area who availed trekker sprayers and bakkie sakkies to stop the fires from spreading.

While temperatures remain high this week, we ask residents, businesses, and visitors to be extra vigilant and remain on high alert. If you see any fires, please call the district fire department on 028 425 1690 or alternatively contact our toll-free Emergency Contact Centre on 080 021 4730.

Issued by Theewaterskloof Communications Department

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