“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.
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.