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December 12, 2005

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Last night, a bush fire that had been burning in the Limietberg Mountains for days, arrived in our valley.
It’s burning on a steep ridge of the mountain 2 kilometres north of our Stormhoek vineyards.
Fire brings both danger and new life. There are millions of protea plants in this valley that can’t reproduce without a high temperature scorching of the seeds.
We were woken this morning by the sound of a convoy of fire engines lumbering through the vineyards in front of our home.
The fire is approaching a neighbour’s house and the oak trees, gardens and stables had to be soaked to protect them.
This valley has mountains on every side and the fire is burning on 2 different mountains north of us and slowly getting closer.

Posted by graham knox at December 12, 2005 2:13 PM

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