The enormous fire trucks trundled up the narrow dirt road to the upper part of Kings Kloof Farm, parallel to the Helderberg Nature Reserve.
It was all hands on deck at Lourensford Wine Estate, where the fire had started earlier in the week, and on Saturday the wind picked up considerably, facilitating the rapid spread of the flames.
Somerset West resident Helen Erasmus drops off bags of medical supplies, as the fire fighters were in need of Vaseline, eye drops, burn shield etc. Behind her is Sue Rowe, director of Clay Pigeon Adventures, situated on Lourensford Estate, where volunteers also made sandwiches for the fire crews. Many local businesses showed incredible support, supplying food, water and other items, and countless bags of hot chicken and hamburgers were also brought by members of the community to the farm, and chocolate and high energy bars.
Many hands make light work.
Xavier Damseaux did some of the heavy lifting, transporting water and cold drinks into the vehicles that headed up to the higher sections of Lourensford Estate to where the fire crews and incident command were.
People arrived in droves to drop off food at the entrance to Lourensford Estate, as part of a massive community response to appeals put out by the Somerset West Neighbourhood Watch and other local security organisations, and shared on WhatsApp groups. From left are Joan Gibb, Elzana Coetzee (from Clay Pigeon Adventures, who helped transport some of the donated food into the estate, as the entrance was blocked to traffic at that point), Jimmy Makhwe (from Maingate Security) and Ferenc Borbely.
Sandwiches were churned out by many capable hands, to provide sustenance for the men out on the fire line.