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Emergency services monitoring Oudekraal fire

The blaze broke out near residential properties in Oudekraal on Wednesday.

Fire erupted in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area. Picture: @vwsfires.

CAPE TOWN - Emergency crews are still monitoring a wildfire near Camps Bay.

The blaze broke out near residential properties in Oudekraal on Wednesday.

No homes are in danger and a helicopter is water bombing the flames.

The Table Mountain National Park's Merle Collins says 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.

No structures are currently in danger.

SANParks' Merle Collins said: “Because it seemed to be contained and then it flared up again and the helicopter had to be re-requested. So, that’s been done and then we are also trying to get some additional crews from the wider province to come and assist.”

Fire and rescue has also confirmed it's responding to a fire, reportedly at a factory in the Blackheath area.

Witnesses have reported seeing black plumes of smoke.

On Wednesday a fire truck and 50 firefighters were deployed.

Officials said the fire ignited on private property, but Table Mountain National Parks were assisting.

The City of Cape Town also requested an army helicopter be deployed to assist the 30 firefighters that were battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire near the 12 Apostles Hotel was unclear.

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