Cape Town firefighters monitoring 2 hotspots

2015-03-05 10:37
A house next to Ou Kaapse Weg in Cape Town was slightly damaged by the fire. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

A house next to Ou Kaapse Weg in Cape Town was slightly damaged by the fire. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The Muizenberg fire that broke out over the weekend leading to hundreds of people being evacuated, was under control on Thursday, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said.

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"The fire is under control; we are currently dealing with hotspots in Clovelly and Constantia north," spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

"The crews remained through the night and this morning [Thursday] helicopters will go out and inspect the area but currently the fire is under control."

Evacuations

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

The fire started on Sunday and was contained, but flared up again just after 02:00 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.

One city firefighter sustained burn wounds and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

More than 2000 people were helping to quell the fire on Wednesday, the environmental affairs department said at the time.

This figure included 150 members of the department's Working on Fire (WoF) programme, spokesperson Zolile Nqayi said in a statement.

Fifty more people from Volunteer Wildfires Services and 250 WoF firefighters had been dispatched from other provinces to join the effort.

26 aircraft used

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

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

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 had to stand down because of the smoke and the weather

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