Thursday 19 October 2017

Wildfires destroy some of South Africa's oldest wine estates

Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
A firefighter stands among embers as teams battle to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Firefighters spray embers to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
A firefighter carries a hose as teams battle to prevent a flare up of a bushfire that burnt several houses and threatened vineyards in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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Wildfires raging in South Africa's wine region have destroyed part of one of the country's oldest estates, while some mountain slopes in Cape Town also burned, authorities said.

Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain 106 blazes in the area, city spokesman JP Smith said.

No-one has been killed, he added.

Low rainfall, dry vegetation and strong winds create prime conditions for fires in the region in summer.

Two years ago, a fire on Table Mountain lasted for nearly two weeks.

Farm manager Don Tooth said around 40% of the Vergelegen wine farm that was established by Dutch settlers in the 1700s has been destroyed by fire.

Fires also burned on the slopes above Cape Town's exclusive beach enclave of Llandudno.

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