City of Cape Town Fire Under Control

Teams from the City of Cape Town worked to beat the blaze, which raged overnight.

“We’ve still got some fire trucks on the scene,” Richard Coleman, City of Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson said.

“We’ve still got Signal Hill road closed,” he said, adding that it wasn’t making an impact on traffic flows.

“The City’s fire and rescue service remained at the Signal Hill fire throughout the night mostly monitoring and dealing with hotspots that they could reach,” said City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne.

High alert

He added that there was no damage to property nor injuries reported.

“This morning we have two helicopters that are water-bombing the inaccessible areas, and we’ve managed too downscale to only 10 firefighting vehicles that remain on scene,” Layne said.

Firefighters are nevertheless on high alert because of the high fire danger.

The radio station reported that light overnight winds gave firefighters the upper hand in battling the blaze, but officials were closely monitoring the situation.

“The wind has dropped considerably making fighting the fire much easier. The fire is currently under control. There are two helicopters still water bombing the Glen side of Lions Head. There were no injuries of any firefighters, however a person who appears to have been sleeping on the mountain sustain 45% burns,” Cape Town Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said.

“No property was damaged and no evacuations were undertaken. It does appear that a private security company may have encouraged some residents to evacuate but it was not on the request of the City and the evacuation was premature and not required.”

Officials are still evaluating the area on the lower slopes of Lion’s Head near Quarry Hill, which caused some residents to spontaneously evacuate.

Other fires around Cape Town also appear to be under control.

In Grabouw, officials reopened the N2 at 21:10 on Sunday to traffic following a blaze.

Overstrand municipality recently budgeted R9m in initial funds for a massive fire that devastated Betty’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Hangklip and Rooi Els.

Wind in Cape Town is predicted to be fresh to strong at 35 km/h on Monday, data showed.

The South African Weather Service predicted a maximum temperature of 35 °C on Monday and a top wind speed of 28 km/h.

The SAWS issued a warning for fire conditions in Cape Town, western parts of the Western Cape, the Northern Cape province and western parts of the Free State.

Update on Capetown Fires.

Situation has improved overnight. Again some incredible efforts from firefighters. No reports of damaged property or serious injuries that could be verified yet.
Efforts will continue today but threat has subsided quite a bit. #KloofNekFire

— James Styan (@jamesstyan) January 28, 2019
Two helicopters have started water bombing the fire on the Camps Bay side. They are getting water from the ocean #LionsHeadFire

— Aletta Harrison (@AlettaHarrison) January 28, 2019
And they’re back at it since sunrise. Hats off to all these guys fighting the Cape Town fires ??#capetownfire #LionsHeadFire #capetown #SignalHillFire

— Vice_Queen (@Vice_Queen) January 28, 2019
Good luck to the #WorkingOnFire pilots for the day ahead. #KloofNekFire #LionsHeadFire


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