A week ago we almost suffered another devastating fire on our mountain.. Thanks to the observance of hikers who spotted the smoke rising from the centre of the Newlands Forest and raised the alarm a disaster was prevented from occurring.

First sign of smoke blowing sideways as seen from our house

Newlands fire 1

Then the smoke became thicker almost as a bad omen

Newlands fire 2

Firefighters were quick to get to the danger point and soon arial bombing the fire with water was brought in.

Newlands fire 3

With Lady Luck looking kindly upon the firefighters the blaze was extinguished within three hours. The origine of the fire is attributed to arson by people unknown.

Almost weekend so enjoy the day.