As it happened: Hout Bay residents told to be ready to evacuate

2015-03-02 07:18

A number of fires are burning in Cape Town's south peninsula areas, having been fuelled by strong winds. Follow our live updates of the situation as it unfolds.

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02 Mar 15:24
And with that, part one of this live update will come to a close. For all the latest updates, please follow our new article.

02 Mar 15:18

02 Mar 15:14
Amazing work by rescue teams today.

02 Mar 15:09
In this photo, people can be seen in the water at Muizenberg beach. Doesn't seem safe when visibility is so poor.

02 Mar 15:02
Following much uncertainty about the extent of the damage suffered by Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge in Cape Town after a raging fire 'engulfed' it early on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the NSRI has confirmed that it has been destroyed.

02 Mar 14:58

02 Mar 14:46
Hout Bay residents have been told to be ready to evacuate, according to Netwerk24.

02 Mar 14:42

Brad Geyser of the NSRI says on eNCA: "At this point in time they [fire fighters] believe they can do it [put out the blaze]."

He commends the generosity of the public who are dropping off food, drink and other supplies for evacuated residents and fire fighters.


02 Mar 14:37
Deon Bing advises other residents: "We've just got to keep an eye on each other."

02 Mar 14:36
Military choppers have been brought in, resident Deon Bing tells eNCA.

02 Mar 14:31

02 Mar 14:30

Judith Brebner adds: "Fire getting worse now above Boyes Drive again...Been smouldering all day but now quite big flames.

"Know firefighters are concentrating on area above Kalk Bay, Noordhoek and Hout Bay."


02 Mar 14:28
People are streaming into Lakeside fire station to drop off food, drinks, eye drops, says News24 User Judith Brebner.

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02 Mar 13:49

A media release from City of Cape Town:

All hands on deck for Muizenberg fire

"The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is leading a multi-agency team in trying to contain a fire in the South Peninsula.

"The fire started just after 02:00 on Sunday 1 March in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive and was fanned by the strong wind. It is now burning over an extensive area, including Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman’s Peak, heading in the direction of Hout Bay.

As at 12:00 today, five homes were destroyed along Silvermine Road in Noordhoek and numerous bungalows were alight at the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman’s Peak."


02 Mar 13:37
Ou Kaapse Weg has been closed again, according to the City of Cape Town.

02 Mar 13:35

E-mail from a News24 User:

"People who would like to help on the Southern Peninsula can drop saline solution, sun block, cold drinks and water at the Fish Hoek fire station."


02 Mar 13:32
"The people of Cape Town have really rallied around the problem, and we are grateful for that," says Prins.

02 Mar 13:31
"This fire is likely to keep us busy for the rest of the week," Phillip Prins, Table Mountain National Park tells News24 journalist Paul Herman.  "It's a big fire. It' been aided by 70-80km/h winds."

02 Mar 13:27
As fires rage on across Cape Town, people willing to help are urged not to visit the fire affected areas but rather drop off donations at various points.

02 Mar 13:08

"At this stage the fire is contained but not yet under control. Focus is now on the protection of properties on urban fringe," tweets @CityofCTAlerts.

The City has also urged people to avoid beaches in False Bay area; there is congestion caused by road closures due to mountain fire.


02 Mar 13:04

Reports on eNCA say the fire is in no way under control.

Roads leading to the affected areas have been closed.


02 Mar 13:03

Statement from NSRI in Hout Bay:

On Monday, 02nd March, during NSRI Hout Bay ongoing involvement continuing to assist the Emergency Services at a Fire that swept over Silvermine towards Chapmans Peak and Hout Bay during the night sadly during the mid morning Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge has been largely gutted by fire despite extensive efforts by Fire and Rescue Services to save the buildings.

An SA Air Force helicopter has joined in the fire fighting efforts to contain a blaze between Silvermine and Hout Bay and the Hout Bay side of the fire has now reached the border of Hout Bay in the vicinity of No. 1 Chapmans Peak Drive.

NSRI Hout Bay volunteers are continuing to provide logistic assistance to the Fire and Rescue services and the Emergency services deployed to fight the fire.

NSRI ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC NOT TO COME TO HOUT BAY TO OBSERVE THE FIRE AS ACCESS ROADS FOR FIRE SERVICES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ARE GETTING BLOCKED BY ONLOOKERS ARRIVING APPARENTLY TO OBSERVE THE FIRE.


02 Mar 12:57
Big is an understatement.

02 Mar 12:56
Damage near Noordhoek  (Ramon MacMaster, News24)

02 Mar 12:47

Chapmans Peak Drive is still closed to traffic.

Netwerk24 also reports that an apartment block at No. 1 Chapman's Peak has been evacuated.


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02 Mar 12:37
Theo Layne on ANN7 said: 5th house has caught alight, firefighters extinguishing flames San Michelle old age home, Noorhoek Manor Retirement home were evacuated. Some residents have returned home. Wind has died down considerably, but temperatures are high - 35 degree.

02 Mar 12:36
I think we all share this sentiment today.

02 Mar 12:30
More firefighters have arrived at Chapman's Peak to assist in fighting the blaze.

02 Mar 12:27

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02 Mar 12:06
While management has not yet been able to ascertain how severe the damage to Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge is after a fire 'engulfed' it on Monday morning, they have put plans in place to accommodate guests.

02 Mar 12:04
A firefighter has burn wounds and has been taken to hospital, tweets EWN reporter.

02 Mar 12:03

02 Mar 11:51

02 Mar 11:44
Another image from Daniel Freedman.

02 Mar 11:44

"Photo's taken from my window in Noordhaven - Noordhoek, and up in the mountain once it had been extinguished. The fire was finally put out just outside my fence that backs straight onto the mountain."

- Daniel Freedman, News24 User.


02 Mar 11:13

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says the fire that broke out in Muizenberg is heading to the Chapman's Peak toll gate.

"So far we have treated 52 people for smoke inhalation and the total number of homes lost has gone up from four to five," spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

She said four helicopters were on scene to assist the 28 fire-fighting vehicles and 16 support vehicles.

"The fire is burning over an extensive part and has reached Boyes Drive over Ou Kaapse Weg and was heading towards the toll gate at Chapman's Peak." - Sapa


02 Mar 11:08
Reports say that the fire is moving towards the Hout Bay area.

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02 Mar 10:52
"Stories incredible: Vets opening 3am for pets; traffic jam of volunteers to evac 2 Noordhoek oldage homes; horses galloped thru fields," says Louise Marsland via Twitter.

02 Mar 10:47
If any brands can help with this, it would be great.

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