At 1632 this afternoon the first signs of smoke appeared from the old farm just below Abdul’s kop. The local fire service was notified and they were on the scene just before 5. Sadly it seems that were unable to contain the fire which appears to have started near the upper house in the forest. Furthermore a team of fire beaters and other firefighters on scene have been able to reduce the risk to Vlei Street property.
The picture above was taken just before sunset and clearly shows an anabatic wind system drawing the flames up the side of the mountain. By this time the lights of other emergency vehicles could be seen on the tracks below the mountain. Fortunately at the time of writing there is little or no wind apart from that created by the fire.
Fires this late in the area are unusual and it shows how dry the vegetation is. This can be directly attributed to the drought.