More evacuations & barred entry as Cape fires soar
Authorities are now evacuating homes in Groot Constantia & not allowing anyone to enter the Tokai Forest.
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CAPE TOWN - Authorities are not allowing anyone to enter Tokai Forest, including the media, as multiple wild fires continue to destroy everything in its path.
Traffic in Tokai, on Cape Town's South Peninsula, is congested as officers have cordoned off sections of the roads leading to the forest.
Strong winds also continue to fan flames towards Groot Constantia.
Cape Town traffic spokesman Richard Coleman says more road closures have had to be rolled out in the area.
"Constantia Nek at the circle, direction Wynberg has been closed as well as Pagasvlei Road at Constantia main. At Belair and Price Drive they're busy with evacuations."
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Families were evacuated early this morning after a change in wind conditions pushed the fires further down, into the Zwaanswyk area.
Fifty people were forced to flee and are being housed at a community church hall.
Firefighters are focusing their efforts on Noordhoek, Clovelly and Tokai this morning as well as assisting Groot Constantia residents evacuate as the flames fan out towards their doorsteps.
The massive blaze broke out in Muizenberg on Sunday, prompting evacuations from houses and retirement homes.
Scores of people have also been treated for smoke inhalation this week.
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A cloud of smoke hovers over the M3 Highway this morning as the fires rapidly spread to surrounding areas.
The sky in Tokai is dark grey in colour and the mountain barely visible as a result of the smoke.
A helicopter can be seen flying over the area every few minutes to water bomb nearby flames.
Cooler weather conditions should however be in favour of firefighters today as they continue with efforts to extinguish the multiple blazes.
And as evacuations and relief operations continue in fire ravaged areas around Table Mountain there have been unconfirmed reports of looting.
But police are yet to confirm these claims.
A shift in wind direction overnight has also led to previously unaffected areas being torched.
Most of the families evacuated have been moved to the Masiphumelele Rugby Club in Noordhoek.
Meanwhile, firefighters who have been battling the massive blaze say they're overwhelmed by all the generosity of the public.
Donations are streaming for exhausted emergency crews and those who have been affected by the fire.
WATCH: A chopper pilot's view of the Cape wildfires
Images by Aletta Gardner/EWN.