After an extremely tough night fighting the #DeerParkFire on the mountain slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, firefighting volunteers from Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) have been successfully stood down… and can now head out to their day jobs. But in Paarl, flames which began yesterday, are blazing and at least one building structure has been reportedly destroyed. According to latest reports, 140 people have been evacuated from two farms.
Social media was full this morning with messages of gratitude from local residents for the fire fighting heroes that saved their homes in Vredehoek from burning in the raging fire last night. Residents there were voluntarily evacuated.
VWS congratulated the fire crews involved and thanked the public for its support.
This morning VWS reported: “#Huey Choppers deployed by @TableMountainNP (Table Mountain National Park) are now busy water-bombing #DeerParkFire. #GoodLuck to the pilots. They were missed last night.”
Locals are asked to “please continue to avoid the area for your own safety and to allow space for emergency services to work.”
In the meantime Du Toitskloof Mountain pass has been closed to traffic in both directions Tuesday morning as a result of a blaze along the mountain slopes.
According to Working on Fire, “T22 Firefighters as well as a Spotter plane and two Huey Helicopters are assisting CapeNature and the Cape Winelands District Municipality in an ongoing effort to contain the fire which broke out yesterday afternoon.”
Fire and Rescues’ Dereck Peceur says, “we have about 50 people currently working in area being assisted with aerial support in the form of two helicopters.”
Residents are asked to please help with water and food donations at Paarl Fire Station as reports come that at least one building structure has been destroyed.
— Miriam Mannak (@miriammannak) January 17, 2017
— VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) January 17, 2017
— Sarka Svoboda (@SarkaSvoboda) January 17, 2017
— Malika Benjamin (@MalikaAlex) January 17, 2017
— Ryan Hultzer (@ryanhultzer) January 17, 2017
— Wellington RSA (@wellwineroute) January 17, 2017
@wayne601122 Fiends of mine lost their homes, winery, vineyard in Paarl, and three children of +-14 started that blaze. Such sadness 🙁
— Dawn Jorgensen (@DawnJorgensen) January 17, 2017
Devastating fires raging in Paarl since yesterday leaving a giant smoke cloud over the valley. ? pic.twitter.com/k3JiSVWrmI
— CapeWineTours (@CapeWineTours) January 17, 2017
— Alexandra McFarlane (@AlexWineIsLove) January 17, 2017
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 17, 2017
— Jan Louw (@janlouw76) January 17, 2017
— Erika Cronje-Joubert (@ErikaJoubert1) January 17, 2017
— Safe Freeway Project (@SafeN2Project) January 17, 2017
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) January 17, 2017
#DeerPark Fire last night:
— Community Medics (@ComMedics) January 17, 2017
— Community Medics (@ComMedics) January 16, 2017