Chapman’s Peak still closed, stop-go at Boyes Drive

2015-03-06 09:34
Devastation at the Table Mountain National Park, near Ou Kaapse Weg. (Paul Herman, News24)

Devastation at the Table Mountain National Park, near Ou Kaapse Weg. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has said a stop-go system was in place on Boyes Drive but Chapman's Peak Drive remained closed because it was "unsafe" for road users.

According to Cape Town Disaster Risk Management though, the fire which broke out in the South Peninsula last weekend is still under control.

"The fire is under control," spokesperson Charlotte Powell said on Friday.

"It's just [a case of] monitoring all the flare-ups now."

She said there was a "situation" at the Cape Point Nature Reserve but it had been sorted out and was now fine.

The firefighting efforts were scaled back on Thursday.

The fire started on Sunday and was contained, but flared up again just after 02:00 on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive. It was 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 affected by the fire.

These included the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman's Peak.

Three of the properties - two in Constantia and one in Noordhoek - have been completely destroyed.

500 evacuated

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.

More than 2000 people were helping to quell the fire on Wednesday, the environmental affairs department said at the time.

A total of 26 aircraft had been in the air since Sunday, Nqayi said.

The 198 hours already flown cost an estimated R2.4 million.

About two million litres of water had been dumped on the fire in about 2000 water drops.

The helicopters used to water-bomb the flames had to stand down because of the smoke and the weather.

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