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Firefighters battle blaze in Oudekraal

The City of Cape Town has requested an army helicopter be deployed to assist the 30 firefighters battling a blaze.

Fire erupted in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area. Picture: @vwsfires.

CAPE TOWN - Firefighters are battling a blaze in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area.

A fire truck and 50 firefighters have been deployed.

Officials say the fire ignited on private property, but Table Mountain National Parks are assisting.

Table Mountain National Parks Spokesperson, Merle Collins said: “The fire is still going. It started at about an hour ago. Crews are on the ground trying to extinguish the fire because a vegetation fire can go very quickly, we are on full alert and we are absolutely assisting in trying to extinguish the fire.”

The City of Cape Town has requested an army helicopter be deployed to assist the 30 firefighters battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire near the 12 Apostles Hotel is still unclear at this stage.

The metro's Edward Bosch said: “The fire is being fanned by strong southwesterly winds. And are mostly inaccessible at this stage. One helicopter form the SANDF has been requested to assist with water bombing.”

The fire raging near Camps Bay has spread onto South African National Parks (SANParks) property.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

SANParks Merle Collins says no structures are currently in danger.

“It has definitely jumped onto SANParks property from earlier on when it was only on private property. We have about 60 firefighters on the ground and we have two Oryx helicopters in the air assisting with trying to extinguish the fire.”