The Van Der Stel’s Pass Fire (or Goedvertrouw fire) started on 24 January and continued to burn for days. It burnt over the Groenlandberg, into several wine estates and fruit farms, threatened at least two communities and two large packing plants, costed millions of Rand to suppress and more in damages – both ecological and economic. By 30 January, the fire was brought under control, with around 9,500 hectares lost.