Updates taken from: Volunteer Wildlife Services Facebook Page
The Volunteer Wildlife Services (VWS) along with Cape Town fire departments are working tirelessly to put out the wind-fuelled fire that started yesterday morning on Boyes Drive in Muizenberg, Cape Town.
According to a report on VWS 300+ firefighters and 30 vehicles have been dispatched along with four helicopters and two water bombers to cover the 3000+ hectare area that has been affected by the fire.
The VWS, a volunteer-based organisation, began fighting the fire in the early hours of Sunday morning but strong winds made it extremely difficult for air crews to assist putting out the blaze. The wind conditions picked up in the evening, further exacerbating the fire as it made its way from Muizenberg to the Noordhoek and Hout Bay areas.
Houses near the blaze have been evacuated and residents are being set up in the Fish Hoek Community Hall. Luxury Cape Town hotel, Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, confirmed that a large majority of the lodge had been completely destroyed by the fire but that no staff or guests were hurt.
Residents in areas affected by the fire have been warned to keep their windows closed and thatch roofs wet as firefighters battle to keep the fire away from the urban fringe.
There are heavy delays on Muizenberg Main Road and motorists are being advised to redirect their routes to allow emergency vehicles to access the scene.
How you can help:
- Join the #ShareYourLunchSA and drop off food and energy drinks at one of these fire stations: Newlands Fire Base; Lakeside Fire Station; Fish Hoek Fire Station; Hout Bay NSRI; Hout Bay Watchcon Offices and Noordhoek Farm Stall.
- Take part in the VWS Trail Challenge or Race for Water.
- Make a donation to assist with the mass care set up at Fish Hoek Community Hall. Call +27 (0)21 784 2028
- Make VWS a beneficiary on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.
- Make a pledge to VWS.
- Help support the fire fighters and victims immediate needs here.
- See our station wish list page on Facebook.
The following emergency numbers can be used to report any fires:
- All Incidents: 112
- Cape Town City Fire: 021 480 7700 (cell phone) or 107 (landline)
- TMNP Hotline: 086 110 6417 or the Newlands Fire Base: Tel: 021 689 7438 (TMNP Fires)