Reward offered for info on cause of deadly Overstrand fire

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Rain currently helping with the fires, my house faces the mountain, ocean to my right. I know of a few houses damaged on the far end of Betty's Bay, Kleinmond side. Rain currently pummeling down as I type, huge help, at the right time.
 

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People I know living in Bettys Bay home is burned down. I have an uncle and cousin with a home there too.

Badly as it is when people who are working in Hermanus received word that they have limited time to evacuate their home on the other side they couldn't get through in time due to a protest blocking the road.
 

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Reports of serious fire damage in Betty's Bay today (amongst other areas), as the dormant fire was forced back with gale-force north-westerly winds:
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Unfortunately my wind prediction yesterday turned out to be all too true...

Edit #2: Map of active fires yesterday (Fri 11th). See:


Edit: Photo forwarded by a friend who had a close shave in Betty's Bay, minimal damage to house, but garden destroyed:
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31 homes destroyed, 28 damaged, as Overberg counts cost of massive fires

Thirty-one homes were destroyed and 28 damaged by three wildfires that raged across the Overberg in the Western Cape on Friday.
Heavy evening rain assisted firefighters, who were able to start counting the cost during the night.

By Saturday morning they were able to report that more than 12,800 hectares of vegetation had been destroyed. No injuries were reported.

"The overnight rain has allowed for rapid cooling of the burn area," said Theo Layne of the City of Cape Town fire and rescue service, which sent firefighters to assist.

More at:
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...ged-as-overberg-counts-cost-of-massive-fires/
 

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Alleged Betty's Bay 'fire starter' a known troublemaker

The man suspected of starting a massive wildfire with a signal flare in Betty’s Bay two weeks ago is well known by the police for his previous convictions, which include house breaking.
Shelton April, 34, appeared in the Caledon Magistrate's Court on Monday when the court was presented with information for a bail hearing next week.
April, who told the court that he is a crayfisherman, had three additional bylaw infringements added to a charge of "causing fire/discard burning object in place where may set fire/act in manner likely to cause fire under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act".
This is after he allegedly shot off a signal flair which landed in the fynbos on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains above Betty’s Bay during New Year’s celebrations.
More at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/so...bettys-bay-fire-starter-a-known-troublemaker/
 
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