Authorities close N2 Highway as veld fire rages near Khayelitsha

It remains unclear how long the highway will be closed, but it’s understood visibility is poor.

Western Cape traffic authorities closed the N2 Highway near Khayelitsha on Sunday 3 January 2016, where a veld fire is raged on. Picture: @TrafficSA via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic authorities have closed the N2 Highway near Khayelitsha, where a veld fire is raging.

City of Cape Town Fire Service officials have attended to several vegetation fires as hot and windy conditions prevail in the province.

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says it remains unclear how long the highway will be closed.

"We closed both the incoming and outgoing lanes due to the fire. As soon as we have the fire under control, we will reopen the road."

Africa adds visibility is poor along some parts of the highway.

Motorists need to take alternative routes. It's too dangerous to open to the road at this time."

At the same time, Cape Town Fire Service officials have appealed to Capetonians to be extremely careful when lighting braai fires outdoors.

The South African Weather Service in the city has issued a high fire warning alert as a result of the extreme heat over most parts of the Western Cape this afternoon.

A team of firefighters extinguished a vegetation fire in Ocean View near Kommetjie earlier today.