The Helderberg is on fire again!
After the horrific fires of two years ago when just about everything on the Hottentots Holland mountains was burnt between Gordon's Bay and Jonkershoek we'd have hoped we might have learnt our lessons.
Word locally is that the Erinvale estate had a 'controlled' fire earlier in the week and today's fire is a result of a flare up from the controlled fire. So much for controlled, if it's true.
According to the local rag ten houses have been destroyed so far and many farms have been evacuated. Also, the southeaster is really pumping hard which serves to fan the flames as well as pushing the fire over the mountain towards Stellenbosch.
As I said, this is not for the first time!