Another day, another battle as Cape fires rage on
Fires which broke out near Muizenberg at the weekend have spread, with fears the wind may pick up.
CAPE TOWN - Efforts to contain massive fires raging on the Southern Peninsula will enter a third day this morning, with concerns that if the wind takes a sudden turn, firefighters will face an almost insurmountable battle.
Multiple fires broke out in the mountains over Muizenberg and rapidly spread to surrounding areas.
It's laid waste to thousands of hectares of vegetation and a number homes have been destroyed while two retirement villages had to be evacuated as a precaution.
The sounds of sirens and emergency choppers billowed through the Southern Suburbs as firefighters geared up to join other officials on the burning mountain slopes.
Firefighters lined Ou Kaapse Weg from early on Monday morning.
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Dense dark smoke hung low as authorities traversed the mountain face, trying to push back the flames.
Metre-high flames ravaged large tracts in Lakeside, Noordhoek and Hout Bay, leaving only charred structures and ash clouds in its wake.
Authorities say the frequency with which fires have been erupting across the Peninsula over the past few months is worrying.
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says this summer has been a difficult one for all who deal with such emergencies.
She's thanked firefighters and volunteers who've helped battle the fires.
"We've also seen a serious hike in the frequency of fires, an increase of up to 4325 incidents but despite the increase, we've seen the fatalities decrease from the year before."
The raging fires resulted in the temporary closure of Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman's Peak Drive and Boyes Drive on Monday.
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One firefighter sustained burns while the City of Cape Town says at least 52 people were treated for smoke inhalation.
About 20 people were also evacuated from the Noordhoek Manor Retirement Village and housed in a nearby church for the evening.
Working on Fire has indicated that it could be days before all the fires are fully extinguished.