The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The Burning Hills of Cape Town

The massive fire raging in the southern peninsula mountains is set to burn for at least another two days – perhaps longer.

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Fire Rages in Cape Town’s Deep South

Muizenberg Fire
Image: Shirene Brielle

Firefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze which is burning in the Far South.

According to a report from City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne, the fire started on Sunday afternoon in Muizenberg and has spread all along the mountain slopes to Noordhoek.

He says four helicopters were deployed on Monday morning as most of the flames are inaccessible to ground staff.

“Several properties in the Noordhoek and Sun Valley area have been damaged in the fire and at this point we are trying to keep the rest of the properties safe. The fire has already stretched to De Goode Hoop Estate.”

South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says two of the properties affected are in Steenberg Estate and two in the Far South.

“I have been on the scene all morning and these are the only properties I know of. Noordhoek Manor was also evacuated and we have moved residents to Nerina Gardens, False Bay Hospital and the NG Kerk in Fish Hoek,” she says.

She confirms that Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak and Boyes Drive are closed.

Motorists are now using Main Road but several residents have reported major delays.

Simon’s Town residents report a travelling time of 1.5 hours between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay.

STOP / GO ON MAIN ROAD KALK BAY MON 28 JULY

stop goPlease note that following further testing of the new 700mm diameter water main using a non-destructive gas detection technique, a leak has been detected in the pipe at a position just opposite the Holy Trinity Church.  This position coincides with a reducer where the 600mm diameter pipe joins the 700mm diameter pipe.  It is suspected that one (or both) of the two flexible couplings at this reducer has failed.  No other leaks in the main were detected.

In order for Civils2000 to effect this repair it is going to be necessary to operate a short length of Main Road opposite the church under stop/go traffic control conditions.  Work will start at 09:00 on Monday, 28 July and unless additional unforeseen repair work is necessary, it is expected that the road will revert back to normal two-way traffic flow conditions by 16:30 that evening. However, if it is found that additional work is necessary, the excavation will be temporarily backfilled for the night and will be re-opened the following day (Tuesday) so that the repair work can be completed that day.