After arriving at a gloomy scene in the Stellenbosch Winelands yesterday (21/01/16), the action kicked off quickly at Wiesenhof, Stellenbosch. After about an hour of hiding in the Blue Gums and watching farmers & workers battle to keep the flames at bay, I headed off to meet with a Volunteer Wildfire Services team deployed high above the vineyards in Uitkyk Wine Farm. It was here that I witnessed some true heroic efforts.
The team leader executed his tasks with precision and efficiency, while ensuring his team was calm and alert. Despite their gruelling afternoon efforts, the fire blazed its way down the mountain. I wanted to say a big thank you to Peter, Mark and the team for looking after me and each other. Good luck to all the Men and Woman fighting fires around the country today, your efforts are appreciated. #SimonsbergFire