Firefighters Working to Contain Fire on the Slopes of Table Mountain

Picture: Twitter @TableMountainNP
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On Sunday, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to fires on the mountain slopes below Tafelberg Road at about 12:50. There are 19 firefighting appliances on the scene with seasonal firefighters also assisting.

According to Philip Prins, Fire and Technical Services Manager at SANParks, “the fire has jumped Signal Hill Road burning in the direction of the Lions Head – Signal Hill section,”

SANParks tweeted that ground crew numbers from the Table Mountain National Park, NCC Wildfires, the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue, Volunteer Wildlife Services and Working on Fire have increased to more than 200 firefighters. The crews will be on the scene throughout the evening.

According to the City, six vehicles and five houses along Signal Hill Road have been marred by the fire. The fire is currently not contained.

The City says, “Wildfire creates smoky conditions, so it’s important for everyone to reduce exposure to smoke. Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Children, pregnant women, people living with asthma and heart disease need to be especially careful.”

There are road closures at Kloofnek and Bellevue Road towards Camps Bay and Geneva Drive, Camps Bay.

Members of the public wanting to donate refreshments for the firefighters may do so at the Roeland Fire Station and not on the scene.