The fire that broke out up Lion’s Head lower slope near Quarry Hill in Cape Town spread over Signal Hill and Sea Point area on Sunday afternoon…

Cape Town Fire spokesperson Theo Layne said the fire was being fanned by a strong wind blowing south easterly. On Sunday afternoon, over 70 firefighters with about 20 firefighting vehicles were on the scene.

Layne had said four fire engines and two helicopters for water-bombing were also on the scene.

“We have approximately 20 firefighters assisted by Table Mountain National Parks. We responded to the incident at about 15:45,” Layne said. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

On Sunday afternoon, the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (FPA) said the area between Houwhoek to De Rust was very active and had threatened to reach the N2.

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Styan said the N2 between Peregrine and Houwhoek hotel was closed due to smoke coming from the Houwhoek pass. The R321 road is also closed.

 

Monday morning – Fire still burning, but under control

On Monday morning, Richard Coleman, City of Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson told News24 that the fire crews had worked over night to fight the blaze, and Lion’s Head was under control.

Firefighting crews remained on the scene, with helicopters still bringing in water to douse the flames.

The Signal Hill remained closed to traffic on Monday morning.

According to NCC Environmental Services, the wind had died down on Monday morning, and fresh crews had been brought in to fight the fires.

“UPDATE #KloofNekFire #SignalHillFire – still not contained, but the wind is calmer. Crews rotating and hopefully the fresh legs will knock this one down. Signal Hill Road remains closed to traffic. #WeHaveGotYourBack #FireIsEveryonesFight”

Appeal for support

Volunteer Wildfire Services appealed to the public to assist with energy foods.

“UPDATE: We have enough water donated at present for the #KloofNekFire crews but energy bars, peanuts & raisins, chocolates, sandwiches, Energade/Powerade and fruit also good. This can be dropped off at our Newlands base for distribution. Thank you all!”