Firefighters contain Signal Hill blazes in Cape Town

Several teams on the ground, together with helicopters, battled the blaze for the last two hours.

FILE: A fire broke out on the slopes of Signal Hill. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The fire on the slopes of Signal Hill, which broke out on Thursday afternoon, has been brought under control.

Firefighters from the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Parks and Working on Fire battled the blaze for around two hours.

At one point, the fire was inaccessible to ground crews as it was high up in the mountain.

Helicopters were used to water bomb the fire line while ground crews worked on flare-ups.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne said crews were still on the scene.

"There are three fire engines and three water tankers, the helicopters have seized bombing at this stage. The fire is under control and is contained at the moment. There was no damage to any property and the cause of the fire is still undetermined."

Layne added that no injuries had been reported.

Earlier, additional resources were dispatched to fight a fire burning on those slopes.

Working on Fire's Linton van Rensburg said his organisation had also been roped in.

"We dispatched two Working on Fire teams together with a group of Table Mountain National Park as well as the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue; additional helicopters have also been dispatched from Working on Fire. Currently there are very hot conditions at the Signal Hill fire."

Last month massive fires broke out over the Southern Peninsula of the Western Cape, destroying thousands of vegetation and a few homes.