The Overstrand municipality is offering an R5000 reward for anyone has information on who started the fire in Betty’s Bay causing the fire in the mountains, according to Netwerk24.
Overstrand municipality’s fire chief, Lester Smith, said that the flare was let off at midnight on January 1.
It landed in the Kogelberg nature reserve, starting a fire. Forty-five firefighters are currently working to put the blaze out.
Smith said over 250 hectares had already been damaged.
Over Christmas, firefighters were forced to work overtime to get a fire in the mountains near Hermanus under control, reported News24.
The fire stretched between Karwyderskraal and Afdaksrivier, with a young pine plantation in between.
Conditions made it difficult to bring in a helicopter, so firefighters were on the fireline, preventing flare-ups.
Local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said firefighters and firemen were battling to put the fire down.
#BettysBayFire A fire broke out around 12:15 on the lower slopes of the Voorberg above Mooisig, #BettysBay. Fire contained since 06:00, ground crews mopping up through out the day for flare ups. Great work by #MarkJohns and team pic.twitter.com/Sxl26gTs9k
— Greater Overberg FPA (@OverbergFPA) January 1, 2019
#BettysBayFire Thankfully light rain started falling earlier and the cloud came in low assisting firefighting crews. It is a little miserable on the fireline for the #VWS crews at the moment but it's much better than a raging fire! pic.twitter.com/lfmrHDDU1y
— VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) January 1, 2019
#WOF_WC ground crew are assisting local authorities with #BettysBayFire that started yesterday. Firefighters have to be fit and healthy to manage on the fireline. Steep slopes and strong winds are challenges they face on this fire – but they are making good progress. #SavingLives pic.twitter.com/UNVZBDpPGG
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) January 2, 2019
“Our first step now is to put to fire out. There are people who are currently combatting the fire. The area is very dry and conditions are bad,” he said.
Styan added that the Western Cape province is prone to fires and urged people to refrain from making fires as well as having braais outdoors as that could spread the fire.
“We will continue to investigate big fires in our province. Three causes of widespread fires is that the area is very dry, very hot and very windy at this time. Once it has been established that there is foul play and the fire was deliberately caused by a human being, we are going to refer the matter to the police who will investigate,” he said.