A fire that started yesterday in the Bainskloof Valley has entered into it’s second day as strong winds have fanned the flame. Justin Sullivan was on the scene and captured photos of our heroic firefighters in action.
A fire that stated mid-morning in the Bainskloof Valley quickly spread yesterday due to high velocity winds and challenging undulating terrain. I spent the .
Teams from Cape Winelands DM, Cape Nature, WOF, VWS and the Red Ants were deployed alongside the NCC crews to protect property and secure the flanks.
“The fire in Bainskloof pass spread rapidly due to the extreme weather conditions despite the valiant effort of our fire teams. Fire crews were unable to contain the fire as it came down at Arc n Ciel and Kranskop and sections of Orchards and olive groves were damaged. We were unable to use aerial support due to the prevailing gusting winds conditions. Additional ground teams have been deployed to try and contain the fire which is now burning high up in the Kranse.”
“We have no reported injuries, all our resources are stretched to the limit, fire fighting operations will continue and we are expect the extreme weather conditions to prevail throughout the day.”
Justin Sullivan has been exploring photography in the greater Cape Town region for the past 2 years, broadening his expertise in Documentary Photography – specialising in Cape Wild Fires.
After completing his secondary schooling at the all-boys-boarding school Michaelhouse, Justin studied Development & Environmental Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Justin completed majors in Geography & Environmental Studies, Public & Development Management, and a half-major in Sociology.
Sullivan now focusses his work on highlighting contemporary issues within South Africa, using photography to display insights into an unknown world. His documentary work from numerous Wild Fires around Cape Town has been highly recognised both locally and internationally, with various publications for print and online media.
Sullivan spent the night with NCC hotshot crews as they tackled the right flank up the mountain: