Cape fires contained but not yet extinguished

Firefighters are battling blazes that have spread from Muizenberg to the Sun Valley area.

Boyes Drive has been closed to traffic due to veld fire. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services say fires that have gripped parts of the city's deep south have been contained but not yet extinguished.

Dozens of fire crews have been battling blazes that have spread from Boyes Drive in Muizenberg all the way to the Sun Valley area.

An old age home in the Noordhoek area has also been evacuated as a precaution while officials say a number of homes have been damaged.

Thick fumes of smoke hang in the air as firefighters try to push back the flames.

The sounds of sirens drown out the fierce crackling of burning vegetation while the stench thickens the air.

Firefighters along Boyes Drive have been feverishly battling the blaze but have had to stop, to replenish water tanks.

As many as 40 families were evacuated from the Stonehurst Estate in the early hours of this morning after a runaway veld fire threatened their properties.

Rescue services say it could take several more days before the fires are completely extinguished.

Around 300 firefighters have spent the last two days battling blazes in the region.

Fire and Rescue's Theo Layne says officials are trying to reach a fire that's spread up the mountain.

"At the moment the fire is still largely accessible and we expect to be there for the remainder of today and possibly into the early hours of tomorrow."

At the same time, SanParks Communications Manager Merle Collins says about 3,000 hectares of land in the Noordhoek and Muizenberg areas are still burning fiercely.

"It's burning between the houses and the Good Hope Estate and that is now the priority area. We've sent out two helicopters."

Helicopters will resume water bombing hot spots soon.

Collins says while dozens of people have been evacuated throughout the night, no injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, locals say it's been a stressful few hours.

"I'm watching these huge flames which are terribly close to my house. I am actually quite frightened."

"It's really scary, the flames are still high and the situation is dire."

At the same time, a Noordhoek resident says onlookers are hampering firefighting operations.

"If you're not actively involved in saving your property or assisting then please, this is not the time for spectators."

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Ou Kaapse Weg and Chapman's Peak Drive have also been closed to traffic have been closed to traffic.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

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