Cape Town Fire’s, Smothered

Fires have been burning throughout all parts of the Western Cape over the last 2 weeks. These Cape Town Fires have been raging from Stellenbosch to Somerset West, Simonstown to Glencairn and most recently Signal Hill. It is not known whether the cause of these fires is arson, there has been speculation.

While sad and devastating – some people have lost their homes – environment and animal life lost, it is in a times like these that we get to witness unity. The firefighters, emergency services, police, environmentalists and communities that stand together is a sight to behold.

I was on a tour with American guests when the first fire broke out 2 weeks ago. We were at Rust en Vrede wine estate at the top of the hills of Stellenbosch. Over the horizon coming from the are of Grabouw we saw and smelt the fires.

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Baboon Matters ……

While fires continued to burn in Somerset West more sparked in the South Peninsula. The Southern peninsula is home to the Chacma Baboon. Many troops of baboons moved themselves to safer locations, this was monitored by the people and volunteers of Baboon Matters.

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More than 1000 firefighters were deployed to battle fires in the Western Cape over the last 2 weeks. Since the start of the fire season, ground crews and aircraft had suppressed 57 fires in the Western Cape. Firefighting aircrafts had racked up 432 flying hours. Communities have opened their hearts to these brave Men and Women that serve bravely and courageously, by helping with food, clothes and even just a shoulder to lean on.

To all those involved, it is without you that these situations would become unbearably worse. I thank you and it makes me a proud Capetonian and proud South African.

To see for more photos of the Cape Town Fires this January 2017, see Cape Town based fire and documentary photographer, Justin Sullivan