|Fire after it broke out above Muiz.|
A fire broke out above Muizenberg on the evening of the 1stof March. It has since been wrecking destruction through the Deep South, burning thousands of hectares of vegetation in its path. Several homes as well as a holiday lodge have been lost in the fire.
Hundreds of fire fighters and volunteers are out in full force trying to battle this massive fire. An additional 250 fire fighters from 3 other provinces were brought in to fight against the fire which is causing immense destruction. The valley community have come together in offering their support and giving in donations to various centres throughout the Deep South.
A fire fighter was injured, and 52 elderly were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation. The retirement home in Noordhoek was evacuated along with a few residential homes in the area.
|Fire burning on Chapmans.|
Hout Bay, Tokai and Fish Hoek are the latest areas to have been affected by the roaring Cape Town Fire. The fire is currently burning its way down the mountain behind Clovelly Golf Course, where the crackling of burning trees and vegetation can be heard. Ashes are starting to fall heavily within Clovelly. According to the local fire station in Fish Hoek, ”the resources are stretched. ” Tokai is at present being evacuated. The fire is blazing dangerously close to the houses above Boyes Drive.
The roads of Ou Kaapse Weg, Boyes Drive and Chapmans Peak were closed which caused grid lock throughout the valley. A large part of the Silvermine Nature Reserve located on Ou Kaapse Weg has been severely affected.
Combined with the dryness of the vegetation and heat there has been an increase in fires this past summer in the Western Cape. Mudslides might be expected when the rain comes.
When the fires have been extinguished there will still be many hours of work to be done.
I personally have never seen a fire sweep our city such as this before in my lifetime ( I was too young to remember when the fire of 2000 hit) and I hope never to again.