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12 Apostles Hotels evacuated, as vegetation fire continues

Roads have been closed in the vicinity of a vegetation fire between Camps Bay and Llandudno.

The 12 Apostles Hotels in Cape Town has been evacuated because of the raging fire. Picture: Ian Schnetler/CT Fire chief.

CAPE TOWN - The 12 Apostles Hotels in Cape Town has been evacuated as a precaution as a fire blazes on the slopes above the hotel.

Fire crews are still battling the blaze as high winds make their job all the more difficult.

The fire has been burning for well over 24 hours.

By this morning, it had retreated into the most inaccessible reaches of the mountain.

This afternoon, strong winds fanned the flames and they swept back down towards the road.

Heavy smoke forced emergency services to close parts of Victoria Road.

ROADS CLOSED IN CAMPS BAY

Roads have been closed in the vicinity of a vegetation fire between Camps Bay and Llandudno.

The City's Richard Bosman said: “So with the fire that we’ve got in the Llandudno area, Victoria Road is closed and Houghton Road and also at Llandudno Road and that is in both directions that that road is closed due to very heavy smoke that we’ve got that area.”

The Table Mountain National Park's Merle Collins said a helicopter has been deployed to assist.

“It’s very high up and very, very dense and lots of alien vegetation that’s making it very difficult. The helicopter is concentrating on the hotspots, those are the spots that could flare up and spread if the wind should change. While the ground crew is focusing on just containing the entire fire.”

Extra firefighters have been requested to assist.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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