70 firefighters and three helicopters have been dispatched by the Table Mountain National Park to attend to a wildlife in Red Hill, Cape Town.
The fire broke out on Saturday, and is said to be 80% contained.
Additional crews from VWS are on route.
— SANParks TMNP (@TableMountainNP) January 2, 2021
⚠️WC Fire Update⚠️
A Huey chopper and a spotter have been dispatched to assist the @TableMountainNP in fighting the Redhill fire #SavingLive#ProtectingTheEnviroment
Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association
Pic: File pic.twitter.com/0cOS4LKvyj
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) January 2, 2021
Firefighters from NCC Wildfires, Working on Fire, Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) and the city’s fire and rescue services are at the scene trying to curb the blaze.
Additional VWS firefighters are said to be en route to assist.
Reports indicate a fire in Bakoven also broke out on Saturday, forcing the closure of Victoria Road in both directions.
— NCC Wildfires (@NCCWildfires) January 2, 2021
Cape Town is currently experiencing strong winds and warm, sunny weather, which increase the risk of wildfires burning out of control.
The South African Weather Service on Saturday issued a level 2 warning for damaging winds in the Cape Town area.
Western Cape Today ‘s Weather overview: 2.1.2021 pic.twitter.com/SJ22uk05kD
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 2, 2021
⚠️Wolfgat Reserve Fire update ⚠️
Despite windy and hot weather conditions, the two Falsebay teams managed to contain the flames alongside the City of Cape Town firefighters.
Although it burned close to properties in Mitchells Plein, non were affected.#SavingLives pic.twitter.com/lsPEt58MdD
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) January 1, 2021
A fire was also reported at Deer Park Drove, which was attended to by the Kloofnek crew of the city’s fire and rescue services.
In December last year, a fire tore through the Masiphumelele community near Fish Hoek. Roughly 1 000 homes were destroyed.
Updates to follow as more information is made available.
Compiled by Nica Richards