PICS: Fire raging at Van Der Stel Pass, Cape Town filled with smoke

A raging fire at the Van Der Stel Pass between Grabouw and Botrivier may be the cause of smoke in the Cape Town Central Business District.

People took to Twitter to post images of Cape Town covered in smoke, questioning where the fire is.  

Some suspected that it could be a fire on Table Mountain.

Provincial local fire department spokesperson James-Brent Styan told News24 that he was not aware of any fires on table mountain, but that there is a fire between Grabouw and Botrivier that is still burning in the Van Der Stel Pass.

He suspected that overnight winds could have blown the smoke from Grabouw into Cape Town.

The Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (FPA) on Friday night said the fire was partly contained, but that there was still a tough battle ahead.

According to a statement on Facebook, the FPA said that overnight operations managed to contain the right flank of the fire near Goedvertrouw, Van Der Stel Pass to Perdevlei Farm, but the left flank of the fire could only be partially controlled owing to difficult terrain and dense mixed pine fuel load.

"An easterly wind has spread hotspot out of inaccessible kloof in the direction of the northern slopes of the Houwhoek mountains. Significant aerial resources and ground teams are deployed," Overberg FPA said.

"Currently the fire is burning in a kloof making 'fingers' which make containment difficult.

"Contingencies are being planned should fire spread into the greater Groenlandberg (critical endangered species)."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 723 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
83% - 8523 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
10% - 1016 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.74
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
20.17
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.59
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.58
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.1%
Gold
1,722.37
+0.4%
Silver
20.79
+0.7%
Palladium
2,275.89
+0.8%
Platinum
928.00
+0.6%
Brent Crude
93.37
+1.7%
Top 40
59,202
0.0%
All Share
65,613
0.0%
Resource 10
63,687
0.0%
Industrial 25
79,239
0.0%
Financial 15
13,961
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE