Cape fires: Cycle Tour makes plans for affected routes

The route includes Chapman's Peak and Ou Kaapse Weg which are among the roads that are closed at the moment.

FILE: The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says it has alternative plans in place, should the South Peninsula fire affect the route. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says it has alternative plans in place should the Southern Peninsula fire affect the route.

The route includes Chapman's Peak and Ou Kaapse Weg which are among the roads that are closed at the moment.

Organisers say they're in close contact with the City of Cape Town about how the fire may affect the event this coming Sunday.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says its standard operating procedure to have alternative route plans available at a moment's notice.

That decision however will only be made on Wednesday after consultation with all the stakeholders.

Organisers have appealed to the hundreds of cyclists out training to avoid the affected areas and allow the officials the space to perform their duties.

CAPE FIRES RAGE ON

At the same time efforts to contain the 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.

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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."