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Firefighters battling blaze in Newlands Forest

A helicopter is currently water bombing the flames that are too high for fire-fighting trucks to reach.

A helicopter carrying hundreds of litres of water fights a massive blaze in Glencairn, Cape Town. Picture:DreamImages/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - A Table Mountain National Park’s Newlands crew is battling a fire in the Newlands Forest.

A helicopter is currently water bombing the flames that are too high for fire-fighting trucks to reach.

SANParks say they're starting up a second helicopter at this hour to prevent the fire from spreading higher up the slopes of Table Mountain.

Table Mountain fire manager Phillip Prince says they expect the fire to be contained shortly.

“We’ve got two helicopters attending to it and we also have the Table Mountain National Park crew attending to it. It’s not looking too bad at this stage. Our concern was that the fire would go above the contour path.” 

Last night, firefighters said they would remain on Simonsberg mountain to battle what remained of the ongoing vegetation fire, which broke out on Tuesday and destroyed nearly 3,000 hectares of vegetation, including vineyards.

WATCH: Desperate attempts to halt flames at Cape wine farms

Click here to take a look at EWN’s special feature on the 2015 fire.


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