Cape fire not entirely extinguished
While the fire has been largely contained, officials won’t be scaling back firefighting operations just yet.
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CAPE TOWN - Cooler weather conditions have brought much-needed relief for exhausted fire crews who've spent five days battling the blaze on the Southern Peninsula.
The massive wild fire broke out in the Muizenberg area on Sunday and quickly spread to surrounding suburbs.
While the fire has been largely contained, officials won't be scaling back their operations just yet.
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They're keeping a close eye on a number of hot spots, including Tokai and Clovelly, anxious the winds will pick up and again fuel the flames.
Around 5,000 hectares of vegetation has been ravaged by the blaze that started in the mountains above Muizenberg at the weekend.
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Residents in Tokai, Noordhoek and parts of Constantia were forced to flee their homes after the fire threatened their properties.
The entrance to the Tokai Forest was also closed to all members of the public and media.
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Firefighters from other provinces were also brought in to bolster efforts to contain the fire which has been described as the worst in years.
A brief lull in the wind allowed overnight teams the opportunity to bring some of the fires in Tokai and Clovelly under control.
Authorities say while the situation has stablised, the fire is not entirely extinguished.
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Meanwhile, residents who had taken refuge at a community shelter in Noordhoek have returned to their homes.
At least 13 homes were affected, three of them completely razed to the ground.
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At the same time, the City of Cape Town says it's spent about R1 million a day on firefighting efforts on the Southern Peninsula.
Fire and Rescue Services, Disaster Management, Metro Police and traffic officials have all been on-duty around the clock since the weekend.
The city's Richard Bosman says the resources which have been plowed into their operations are immense.
"We're looking at an average of R1 million a day for the last couple of days. We've spent a couple of hundred thousand rands a day on helicopters, so we're looking at costs in terms of staff on duty and staff off duty, vehicle costs and that."
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