Cape Town fire out

2015-03-09 20:47
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Timeline: Fires devastate the Cape

2015-03-06 11:40

On 1 March 2015, fires began to roar across the Cape Town south peninsula. Starting in Muizenberg, the fire spread rapidly to surrounding areas. Click through our timeline to explore how the fire has grown.VIEW

Johannesburg - The fire which broke out in the Cape Town area last weekend has been extinguished, the city's Disaster Risk Management said on Monday.

"The fire is under control, it was put out and everything is under control," spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.

The fire started on 1 March, and was contained, but flared up again just after 02:00 on 2 March, in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive, fanned by strong winds.

It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.

The city's Fire Safety Division confirmed on Wednesday that 13 properties were either damaged or destroyed.

These included the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman's Peak. Three of the properties - two in Constantia and one in Noordhoek - were destroyed.

By Wednesday, a total of 500 people had been evacuated since the fire began. Fifty-two frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.

About 2 000 people and 26 aircraft were involved in the operation.

The 198 hours of flying time had cost about R2.4m. About two million litres of water had been dumped on the fire in about 2 000 water drops.

On Sunday, pilot Colonel Willem "Bees" Marais died in a helicopter crash while fighting fires at Olifantsbos in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Family, friends and Colleagues of Willem Marais are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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