CNS Reporter
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5 Mar 2015
10:30 am

Cape Town fire under control

CNS Reporter

Most of the fire that has been raging in the southern parts of Cape Town has been contained by firefighters who worked overnight, the city’s disaster risk management said on Thursday.

A picture shows vegetation burning in a bush fire in the mountains on the Cape Peninsula, on March 2, 2015, in the greater Cape Town area. Five houses and an upmarket hotel were destroyed and dozens of people evacuated from their homes as wildfires raged through Cape Town's scenic southern peninsula. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

“Last night was a good night for us – we managed to contain the fire, but we still have some work to do,” the city’s spokesperson Charlotte Powell told The Citizen.

This after the city experienced rainy weather on Wednesday. She said areas in which the most progress was made included Constantia, Clovelly and other nearby areas.

Powell added although the blaze had been contained, the ground crew was still monitoring the fire. She said a helicopter was deployed to give firefighters a clearer picture of the fire’s containment.


Rain helping in Cape Town fire

Fire fighters try to stop a fire from spreading on Chapman's Peak in Hout Bay, Cape Town on Monday, 2 March 2015. Disaster crews have been working around the clock fighting fires in the Southern Peninsula. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Fire fighters try to stop a fire from spreading on Chapman’s Peak in Hout Bay, Cape Town on Monday, 2 March 2015. Disaster crews have been working around the clock fighting fires in the Southern Peninsula. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA


The blaze started on Sunday, but was contained and started again just after 2am on Monday in Muizenberg. Fanned by strong winds, it spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.

It was reported one city firefighter sustained burn wounds, while 52 frail-care residents from the Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

On Wednesday, the Cape Town Cycle Tour organisers said the race would not be held along its usual historic route this weekend because of the fire.

Organisers said the race’s normal 109km trail would be reduced to a 47km circular route.