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CT authorities to determine how many homes destroyed fire

The fire started in Scarborough and grew considerably, spreading to two other areas.

A helicopter drops water on a veld fire in Ocean View. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An assessment is underway to determine the number of homes destroyed after a fire ripped through an informal settlement in the Scarborough area.

The large veld fire started during the early hours of yesterday morning with the cause still being unclear.

The fire, which started in Scarborough and grew considerably, spread to two other areas.

Slangkop and Main Roads were closed between Redhill & Kommetjie.

Firefighters are still on scene monitoring the blaze.

Several informal structures at the Rasta Camp in Ocean View were gutted yesterday.

The city's Theo Layne said more homes were damaged overnight.

"The fire is contained at the moment, but we still have a number of resources on the scene as there's an extensive area that needs to be monitored and then some hot spots to deal with. So we'll maintain our presence today and possibly tonight."

Meanwhile, the hot and windy weather has persistently hampered efforts to contain the fires.

City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman said the weather forecast for the rest of the week means they can expect more difficult conditions.

"Checking the weather forecast for the week, seems we going to have this wind for the entire week, with temperatures between 28 and 33°C. So this is going to be difficult week, we'll probably see this another two/three days easily."

Bosman said, "Three different fires in three different areas that create some concern for us at this stage in time but with Misty Cliffs and Scarborough so close to each other, it might have blown over."

Meanwhile, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) came to the rescue of a few critters trapped in the blaze.

The SPCA's Sean Gells said, "So we've been finding some tortoises, porcupines and some grysbokkies that have been running around, obviously with the smoke and the fire everything is disorientated."

The cause of the fires is still being investigated but some are convinced the fires were started on purpose.

Cape Town's hot and dry summer conditions often make it susceptible to wildfires.

Last year was particularly devastating, with 5,000 hectares of vegetation being burnt.

The fire took four days to bring under control and damaged or destroyed 13 homes.

Click here to take a look at EWN's special feature on the 2015 fire.