Officials battle large vegetation fires in Vredehoek & Oranjezicht

Officials have been struggling to extinguish the fire raging on the slopes of Table Mountain as strong winds fuel the flames.

Fire crews battled a large vegetation blaze in the Vredehoek and Oranjezicht areas on 17 January 2017. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters are battling a large vegetation blaze in the Vredehoek and Oranjezicht areas on Tuesday morning.

It's just one of hundreds of wildfires city and provincial emergency crews have had to deal with this year.

Officials have been struggling to extinguish the fire raging on the slopes of Table Mountain as strong winds fuel the flames.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring says paramedics are on standby to assist where they can.

“ER24 paramedics, along with numerous medical and firefighting services, have made their way to the scene. We found the fire was raging upon arrival."

DAMAGE

At least two homes have been damaged in the massive vegetation fire, with more than a 100 firefighters on the scene.

Firefighters have managed to contain the blaze, at least for now.

Fire and Rescue Service's Theo Layne says the cause is unknown at this stage.

“The fire is contained with three helicopters water-bombing areas that are inaccessible to firefighters. Two residential structures were damaged in the fire and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined as this stage.”

Meanwhile, the Du Toitskloof pass remains closed to traffic after a large mountain fire broke out in Paarl on Monday.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says: “We closed the pass last night due to a huge mountain fire. The situation with regards to the fire remains unchanged.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)