Yet another Cape Town fire keeps firefighters busy

2017-10-13 16:18
A firefighter silhouetted by the fires raging in Camps Bay. (File, Justin Sullivan/Sullivan Photography)

A firefighter silhouetted by the fires raging in Camps Bay. (File, Justin Sullivan/Sullivan Photography)

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Cape Town - A second fire flared up in Cape Town on Friday - this time a vegetation fire on Signal Hill, close to the CBD - while firefighters were still struggling to bring the Camps Bay blaze under control.

"Currently, we have two fire engines and three water tankers with 16 staff of scene," said Edward Bosch, on behalf of the City of Cape Town's emergency reaction crews.

WATCH: Camps Bay fire fanned by strong westerly winds

In the meantime, the fire between Camps Bay and Llandudno on the other side of the mountain was proving to be stubborn, with at least 150 firefighters on scene.

"We are very far from putting it out," said Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) fire manager Philip Prins.

"It is a very slow process."

Three helicopters, which flew in from George and the Eastern Cape, were also waterbombing the fire with sea water.

The fire started on Wedensday on privately-owned land near the 12 Apostles Hotel and spread into up into the TMNP.

Prins had hoped "that, with the wind dying down, they would have a chance of putting the fire out".

Hotel remains closed

That crew includes firefighters from the TMNP, Working on Fire, Cape Town Fire Protection Services and Volunteer Wildfire Services.

Meanwhile, the city council's member of the mayoral committee for safety, JP Smith, issued a statement reminding residents to have an emergency plan ready for themselves, given the dramatic storms this week in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and the number of fires the province has experienced.

Marking International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, he said families should set aside time to ensure they have the following in place:

- A family emergency plan that accounts for different scenarios and includes details like contact information, collation of important documentation, alternative places to stay, and appropriate care/arrangements for family pets;

- A disaster supply kit that covers the basics, like fresh water, non-perishable food items, and keeping warm;

- Awareness and preparation and ensuring that every member of the family knows what to do in an emergency/disaster situation.

Meanwhile, the 12 Apostles Hotel, which evacuated guests to other hotels as a precaution, said it would stay closed until at least Monday.





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