Monday, January 02, 2006

Cape fires not extinguished yet

About 200 firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze in the Franschoek Valley in the Western Cape. Fransuliene Bosch, a Working on Fire spokesperson, says strong winds and hot, dry conditions are hampering efforts to bring the fire under control. Bosch says three helicopters are being used to water bomb the area, where more than 20 000 hectares of vegetation have already been destroyed.

Teams from the City of Cape Town’s disaster management are still on full alert. Wilfred Solomons, one of the managers, has issued a special warning to people living in informal settlements:

“Keep matches, lighters, paraffin and any flammable substances away from children. Keep stoves on flat surfaces to prevent the wind from blowing the flame towards flammable material, and very importantly, never leave paraffin stoves or any flammable substance or open fires unattended.” sabcnews

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