More than 100 firefighters dispatched to Ou Kaapse Weg

The fire which broke out at Peck Valley earlier today is being fanned by strong winds.

FILE: A helicopter drops water on a fire. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - More than 100 firefighters have now been dispatched to put out the blaze on Ou Kaapse Weg.

The fire which broke out at Peck Valley earlier today is being fanned by strong winds.

Water bombers have had to stand down after helicopters were unable to stay on course due to the strong South Easter.

Working on Fires' Phillip Prins says a full complement of firefighters and volunteers have been deployed to assist with operations.

"The fire is still continuing, it's not contained at this stage, so it's not a nice situation here, the wind is very strong, visibility is very poor so we are actually struggling."

Firefighters have had their hands full trying to extinguish veld fires that broke out across the peninsula today.

Overstrand fire services have responded to a blaze in Betty's Bay a short while ago more than 20 firefighters are still on the scene.

The municipality's Lester Smit says strong winds are complicating extinguishing efforts.

"The fire is contained but there are very strong south-easterly winds making firefighting very difficult."