Firefighters plan aerial attack for Sir Lowry's Pass blaze

2016-03-03 09:03
Cape Town fire and rescue (Picture: AP)

Cape Town fire and rescue (Picture: AP)

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Cape Town - Helicopters will be deployed on Thursday morning to fight an extensive blaze raging on the slopes of Sir Lowry’s Pass, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services said.

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Spokesperson Theo Layne told News24 the blaze had been mostly inaccessible to the 60 firefighters who responded when the inferno started on Wednesday around 18:00.

“The team was at the scene throughout the night, but the fire is burning high up in the slopes,” he explained.

Four helicopters would start an aerial attack at 09:00 as they did not fly at night. Vehicles could not get to the fire due to the rugged terrain.

“The wind is also a concern and if it picks up, it will cause the fire to spread more rapidly.”

There was no immediate danger to any property and the blaze had so far been limited to vegetation.

The N2 highway was open but the left lane on the outbound side was closed.

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