Eskom evacuates staff from Koeberg as nearby veld fire rages on

Eskom evacuated buildings around the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station as a precautionary measure.

A veld fire burns just off the West Coast Road, near the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom buildings around the Koeberg Nuclear Station are being evacuated due to a massive veld fire in the area.

The City's Fire and Rescue Services are responding to a fire, which is being fanned by a strong wind.

Two additional helicopters were deployed to the Koeberg area to water bomb the veld fire along the R27.

Cape Town's Fire and rescue Services Theo Layne says, "We have two additional helicopters assisting the previous two that we had there. There are four helicopters currently water bombing; we have a total of 15 fire vehicles on the scene and about 45 fire fighters."

Eskom says it has evacuated buildings around the power station as a precautionary measure.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said, "Some of our buildings nearby, not in the facility itself, have to be evacuated for the safety of our employees. They have been asked to go home until the fire is extinguished. So far, our transmission line and the power station itself has not been affected."

Meanwhile, motorists have been urged to make use of alternative routes as firefighters are doing their work.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "The alternative route from the Western side, is via Atlantis to get back on to the N7 or from Melkbosstrand… to take the first turn off to Atlantis to get back onto the R27 again."