Hout Bay fire rages on

2017-02-22 16:55
The fire on the mountain slopes in Hout Bay

The fire on the mountain slopes in Hout Bay (City of Cape Town )

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Local firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze on the slopes of Hout Bay.

According to a report by City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson, Theo Layne, they responded to a fire in Dolphin Road earlier today (Wednesday 22 February) where an extensive area of mountain slopes is currently burning.

He says six fire engines, two water tankers, 40 firefighters and 60 seasonal firefighters are on the scene.

“The fire is currently burning on the upper slopes of the mountain mostly inaccessible to conventional firefighting methods and vehicles. Currently three helicopters are water bombing the areas which are inaccessible to ground crews. The cause of the fire at this stage is undetermined. No immediate danger to any property, the fire is being fanned by a south-easterly wind.”

Shortly before 16:00, Layne confirmed the blaze had not yet been contained.

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