#CapeFires: Some roads in Simon's Town will remain closed overnight

2017-01-11 17:42

Two major fires are spreading in Cape Town - Somerset West and Simon's Town and firefighters are requesting ice, water and energy drinks.

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Last Updated at 04:14
11 Jan 20:03
LATEST: Fire update: Road closures that will remain in place overnight: Glencairn Express Way between Kommetjie Road and Main Road. Redhill Road between Main Road and Scarbrough Road due to rock falls on top of Red Hill Road. All services will remain on scene overnight to monitor the situation.

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News24 will provide more updates should the situation flare up again.

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Ian Teichardt a volunteer on the scene says say fires are under control.

Fires came close to property walls but no houses have been damaged according to volunteers.

Chris Skeates, another volunteer said his eyes “hurt” although smoke is clearing up in the area.

11 Jan 18:42

Glencairn Express Way between Kommetjie Road and Main Road remains closed while Main Road in Simon’s Town has been opened.

Kommetjie Road is still congested and traffic is easing on the main road from Fish Hoek in the direction of Muizenberg.

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Two fire engines at the Rotary camp site and four helicopters are battling the blaze in Simon's town.

11 Jan 17:54

Speaking to News24’s Kaveel Singh, Rotary Youth Camp warden Koos Burger said he was concerned at how close the fires had come to the camp.

He did however indicate that no children were at the camp.

“The vegetation is quite dry and burns like crazy around here. The fire services are doing a sterling job. They stopped the fire 10 metres from the building. I don’t think I will go to sleep early tonight. We are just glad no kids were here. The camp takes up to 150 children.”

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News24’s James De Villiers who is on the ground in Simonstown says the situation near the Rotary Camp is stressful.

According to De Villiers, authorities have backed away for fear of smoke inhalation.

The fire is now within 10 metres of the Rotary Camp and visibility is about 20 meters, he said.

“Many people are concerned about animals. There is stress on everyone’s faces.”                      

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11 Jan 17:43

The city of Cape Town is having its resources stretched thin as it responds to 11 fire incidents.

According to city officials, the two major fires are currently being attended to in Somerset West and the Simon's Town area.

The city says that in Somerset West helicopters are water bombing areas that are inaccessible to ground crews.

“The fires are contained, however, hot spots and flare-ups are sporadically being dealt with.”

The city said that emergency services in Simon's Town established that the blaze emerged in Kommetjie Road, Ocean View.

“The fire spread to the Simon's Town area and is currently smoke logged contributing to poor visibility. Helicopters in use are water bombing areas inaccessible to firefighters.

” Simon's Town residents have also facilitated the rescues of animals. It has been reported that three buck had died. However, some tortoises, cobras and other snakes were saved.

Around 50 horses were also evacuated from a nearby stable. This was confirmed by city officials who said that the SPCA and law enforcement were assisting with animals.

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