CT firefighters on high alert for possible veld fires

Fire crews are on standby following a fire danger warning across the Peninsula, Boland and Overberg regions.

FILE: The weather bureau says the warmer temperatures are likely to subside by the weekend. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town firefighters say they are readying themselves for possible runaway veld fires as the mercury continues to rise in the Mother City.

Fire crews are on standby following a fire danger warning across the Peninsula, Boland and Overberg regions.

The city's Theo Layne said, "Fire and rescue services are also on high alert to assist during the afternoon period. They have additional services which are deployed strategically in the city and we have additional specialises vehicles which we will utilise."

Meanwhile, the weather bureau's Henning Grobler says the warmer temperatures are likely to subside by the weekend.

"The temperatures are slowly falling and will be back to cold conditions by Sunday."

Earlier this year, Cape Town authorities estimated that 5,000 hectares was affected by the fires that began on 1 March, stretching from the slopes of Muizenberg on the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, down to the Atlantic coastline on the Hout Bay side.

South African National Parks later said it found no evidence of foul play behind the fires.