Cape Town fire ‘under control’

2015-03-06 09:29

The fire which broke out in the South Peninsula of Cape Town last weekend is finally under control.

“It’s just [a case of] monitoring all the flare-ups now,” Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said today.

She said there was a “situation” at the Cape Point Nature Reserve but it had been sorted out and was now fine.

The firefighting efforts were scaled back yesterday.

The City of Cape Town said a stop-go system was in place on Boyes Drive but Chapman’s Peak Drive remained closed because it was “unsafe” for road users.

The fire started on Sunday and was contained, but flared up again just after 2am on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive. It was fanned by strong winds.

It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.

The city’s Fire Safety Division confirmed on Wednesday that 13 properties were affected by the fire.

These included the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman’s Peak.

Three of the properties – two in Constantia and one in Noordhoek – were completely destroyed.

By Wednesday, 500 people had been evacuated since the fire began.

Fifty-two frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

More than 2 000 people were helping to quell the fire on Wednesday, the environmental affairs department said at the time.

A total of 26 aircraft had been in the air since Sunday, Nqayi said.

The 198 hours already flown cost an estimated R2.4 million.

About two million litres of water had been dumped on the fire in about 2 000 water drops.

The helicopters used to water-bomb the flames had to stand down because of the smoke and the weather.

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