Cape firefighters battle to keep flames from homes

2014-12-02 20:04
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Cape Town – A massive fire on Signal Hill is threatening the urban fringe of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard.

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The fire started just after 16:15 this afternoon and was fanned on by a strong southeaster wind. The wind was recorded at over 40km/h on Tuesday.

Kloof Neck Road in the direction of Signal Hill has been closed for traffic as well as St Bartholomew and Ocean View Drive Maxine Jordaan of Cape Town Traffic told News24.

Theo Layne of the Cape Town fire service said: "Seventy-six firemen and 52 fire fighters of the Table Mountain National Park are ensuring that the fire does not encroach on the urban fringe."

He said that 11 fire engines and four water tankers are being used to control the flames.

Earlier helicopters were employed to douse the fire.

"At present no houses are being threatened but high winds continue to pose a threat."

Residents of the area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

Wilfred Schrevian Evan Solomons-Johannes city spokesperson said the fire was first reported in Fresnaye on Tuesday afternoon and has since made its way to Signal Hill.

“SANParks and the Volunteer Wildfire Service were called in to assist with fire suppression efforts along the mountain slopes that was rapidly spreading due to strong winds that is prevailing” he said.

Solomons-Johannes said the city’s law enforcement agencies were also dispatched to close off road and to regulate traffic in area.

Just after 19:20 he told News24 an incident command post had been established at the parking area at Kloof Nek opposite the entrance of Signal Hill Road to co-ordinate the firefighting efforts. 

“Firefighters, disaster management personnel and law enforcement agencies will continue in its efforts to swiftly bring the fire under control.”

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