UPDATE | Vegetation fire along Cape Town's Ou Kaapse Weg brought under control

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Fires along Ou Kaapse Weg in Cape Town. (Supplied by SANParks)
Fires along Ou Kaapse Weg in Cape Town. (Supplied by SANParks)

The vegetation fire on both sides of Ou Kaapse Weg has been brought under control, the City of Cape Town said on Saturday afternoon.

"The swift response of the City of Cape Town's Fire & Rescue Service, in collaboration with Table Mountain National Parks and Wildland Fire Volunteers, managed to stop the fire from spreading further," said the City's fires spokesperson Jermaine Carelse.

"We had 12 firefighting appliances and approximately 80 staff members on scene, including the two sets of seasonal firefighters. Choppers waterbombed the area and returned to base just after 14:00."

He said they were currently dealing with a few hotspots.

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Visitors to the Silvermine Nature Reserve had earlier been evacuated as a safety precaution.

City of Cape Town Fire Services spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said Ou Kaapse Weg was closed in both directions between Steenberg and Silvermine Road, Noordhoek.

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