Cape Town fire spreads to Sea Point area

2019-01-27 20:40
Fire on the slopes of Lions Head. Pic: Annelize Smit

Fire on the slopes of Lions Head. Pic: Annelize Smit

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*UPDATE: The fire that burned on Lion's Head on Sunday appears to be under control on Monday morning.

READ: Cape Town fire under control

On Sunday afternoon, the fire that broke out on Lion's Head lower slope near Quarry Hill in Cape Town spread to Signal Hill and Sea Point. 

Cape Town Fire spokesperson Theo Layne on Sunday evening said there was currently no need for immediate evacuation, but added that the fire was being fanned by a strong southeasterly wind. 

"Currently we have more than 70 firefighters with about 20 firefighting vehicles on the scene," Layne said. 

He said Signal Hill Road remained closed and more roads could be closed. 

A Twitter user posted a video of a second fire that had started in Woodstock just after 21:00.

"We have approximately 20 firefighters assisted by Table Mountain National Parks. We responded to the incident at about 15:45," Layne said. 

Layne said the cause of the fire was undetermined at this stage.

Western Cape local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said firefighters were still battling a fire on Van Der Stel Pass near Grabouw.

He said there were very long fire lines and bad wind conditions were also making it difficult for the crews. Brent said there was however no threat to structures and people at this stage. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (FPA) said the area between Houwhoek to De Rust was very active and had threatened to reach the N2.

Styan said the N2 between Peregrine and Houwhoek hotel was closed due to smoke coming from the Houwhoek pass. The R321 road is also closed. 

"The most intense activity is in the area between Houwhoek (the hotel and guest houses are safe and not threatened) and Cherry Clamping. Difficult conditions and majority of resources deployed here," FPA said on Facebook. 

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