Firefighers tackling nature reserve blaze near Somerset West

2019-02-18 17:14

Firefighters were battling a blaze in the Silverboomkloof nature reserve on Monday, which is home to rare, giant silver proteas, Cape Town's divisional fire commander Edward Bosch said.

"The message that came through was that they have contained it but they are still busy over there," said Bosch. 

He said the City's fire and rescue department responded to the blaze on the mountain slopes at Silverboomkloof Street in Somerset West. 

Six fire engines, three water tenders, 50 firefighters and two City helicopters were sent to help.

Some people live in the area and he was waiting to hear whether evacuations were necessary or if structures were under threat.

The cause is undetected at this stage.

Cape Town and its surrounds have had a brutal fire season, with flames raging as far afield as Hermanus, Wupperthal, and creeping up to houses on the slopes of Table Mountain. 

WATCH: DOCUMENTARY | Oasis in Ashes: The day a fire swallowed a town

The Silverboom nature reserve in the Helderberg area is regarded as a sensitive ecological space given the rarity of the large silver proteas. 

Little white hairs lie flat on the leaves in hot weather to protect them from drying out, according to the SA National Botanical Insitute's website.

This makes them look silver from a distance. In wet weather, the leaves stand up to allow air circulation.

They are considered "rare and endangered", mostly due to urbanisation and agriculture. 

Read more on:    cape town  |  fires
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.