Cape fires contained at this point - spokesperson

2015-03-06 07:28
A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a fire raging in the Tokai Forest near Cape Town. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a fire raging in the Tokai Forest near Cape Town. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The fires that have plagued Cape Town's south peninsula this week are currently contained, Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said on Friday morning.

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The city is still monitoring active hotspots, which include the Tokai, Chapman's Peak, Muizenberg and Noordhoek areas.

Operations have been scaled down though, especially in the Muizenberg area, with nine fire engines monitoring the mountain range that extends from Muizenberg to Clovelly in Fish Hoek.

“It’s fair to say the situation is a lot better than it was on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Layne told News24.

Layne also said there is no immediate threat to surrounding properties in the embattled areas.

Flare-ups

The Cape peninsula did experience flare-ups on Thursday afternoon.

A new fire flared up in the Cape Point region after reports of a separate blaze surfaced on Wednesday afternoon.

Layne said the department successfully protected the offices and structures in the Cape Point area, and the fire was contained by Thursday evening, with volunteer groups Working on Fire and Cape Nature monitoring it overnight.

An office block in the Newlands area also caught fire on Thursday in a separate incident, and was soon extinguished.

The city continues to monitor all hotspots in the Cape Town south peninsula, as the wind still poses a threat, Layne said.

- To read the live updates of the firefighting efforts on Thursday, as it happened, click here.

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