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The fire that has ravaged the mountains in Cape Town’s deep south continues to rage with firefighting efforts currently focussing primarily on the areas of Hout Bay, Tokai and Fish Hoek.
In a press briefing yesterday Phillip Prins, Fire Manager at Table Mountain National Park, said that 60 to 70% of the fire had managed to be contained but unfortunately wind speeds of 70-80 kilometres per hour allowed the fire to spread over Ou Kaapse Weg into Noordhoek and Hout Bay. He foresees the fire continuing for the rest of the week, depending on the weather conditions.
Linton Rensburg, spokesperson for Working on Fire, says that, “The provincial government has now requested that we bring in an additional 250 firefighters from the Working on Fire program from the Eastern Cape as well as the Free State to provide much needed relief.”
Mr Prins is urging locals not to go out to the areas where the fire is raging to have a look as this causing congestion, hindering emergency services from accessing the scene.
Muizenberg Junior School has advised its pupils to stay at home as the fire continues to rage on the mountains above the school while the school fields at Reddam House in Constantia are being used as helicopter refuelling stations.
Ou Kaapse Weg in Cape Town was finally re-opened late on Monday but Chapman’s Peak remains closed as firefighting efforts continue.
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