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The Faustian glow of raging fires lights the hillside above Gordon’s Bay on Tuesday night, November 7 2017, as fire crews battled to contain the blaze and protect life and structure. PICTURE: BRYN DE KOCKS PHOTOGRAPHY

Holding the line

There is no dignified way to come off a mountain in the dark, with a howling gale gusting up to 60km/h, on a perilously steep descent with uncertain footing, fighting your way through chest-high fynbos. Your mode of perambulation is like an 18-month-old late-walking baby, who stands up for the first time, and lurches from place to place, on the very edge of balance, yet miraculously remains upright.

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