Cape Point battles fire after thunder storm

Firefighters are still battling fires on the mountain slopes in Clovelly, Tokai and Constantia Nek.

A Cape Town firefighter battles the blaze. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape firefighters are now having to deal with another blaze, with the Cape Point nature reserve now under threat.

Firefighters have had their hands full with a number of different blazes ravaging the Cape Peninsula.

Volunteer Phillip Prins on Wednesday said a new blaze started during a thunder storm in the area.

"It's close to the sea and it's relatively flat so access is not problem but with the strong south westerly winds blowing, we sent aerial resources to that area."

Firefighters managed to contain the vegetation fire in the national park.

Firefighters are still battling fires on the mountain slopes in Clovelly, Tokai and Constantia Nek.

Meanwhile, the Overberg Municipality said two of the six fires raging in the area have not been brought under control.

The two separate fires have been described as big and problematic.

Fire Chief, Reinard Geldenhuys said ground crews are working hard.

"The pre-frontal winds are running strong and we are struggling to contain that. The fire at Betty's Bay, which started on Saturday, has flared up again because of the winds. That fire is posing a threat to structures."

More than 1,200 hectares of land have been destroyed in Porterville after a fire broke out on Tuesday.

Local fire Chief Bertus Senekal said, "The fire was divided into two flames so we contained it. We are monitoring the area for hot spots but at this stage the southerly flank is still not contained."

Watch: Fire guts Cape Town properties.


Mayor Patricia de Lille on Wednesday said that the City was in talks with national government to secure more resources.

She said firefighters are particularly in need of helicopters.

"We need to get water from the sea to water bomb the areas affected and national government has already sent 200 firefighters."

The mayor's also condemned the looting of homes that have been burnt or vacated by their owners.


Six families, who have been forced to evacuate their homes in Tokai, are being housed at a local church.

Families were evacuated during the early hours of Wednesday morning because the fire threatened their homes.

About 25 people remain at the Tokai Community Church where they have been given shelter.

Meanwhile, community members have come out in their numbers to donate goods while others are preparing refreshments and food for the firefighters and affected residents.

Watch: EWN joins the firefighters.