Emergency response teams in Cape Town have reacted rapidly to the outbreak of a veld fire up Signal Hill. The iconic landmark, which sits at the foot of Lion’s Head and adjacent to Table Mountain, reported a ‘raging blaze’ shortly after 11:00 on Tuesday. Efforts to contain the inferno have been hampered by strong winds.
Cape Town authorities tackle wildfire
The Working On Fire (WOF) team posted a brief update about their response to the incident earlier this morning. Waterbombs are being dropped by Huey Choppers, as Cape Town crews face a literal uphill struggle to quell these flames.
“We have dispatched the Newlands Team, a spotter and a Huey Chopper to assist the SANParks – Table Mountain National Park in suppression efforts of the fire – as windy weather conditions rage in Cape Town.”
Watch: Signal Hill fire on Tuesday 16 February
Cape Town locals have captured footage of the Signal Hill fire and uploaded it online. We can see thick plumes of smoke billowing into the sky on the Sea Point / Fresnaye side of the grass verge. A cause for the blaze has not yet been established.
— Mareike (@mareikekramper) February 16, 2021
— Jay Caboz (@JayCaboz) February 16, 2021
Some action on Signal Hill this morning. Glad the wind has died down pic.twitter.com/9aM1JeuKea
— Maggie (@Blackdelilah) February 16, 2021
Signal Hill update: Weather conditions ‘ease slightly’
What is assisting authorities at the moment, is that the sharp winds felt earlier this morning have eased, giving crews the chance to tackle the blaze effectively before gusts pick up again. Efforts to calm the fire are ongoing, as of 12:20 on Tuesday. WOF will be monitoring this situation throughout the day.
WC Fire Alert
WOF_WC has dispatched the Newlands Team, a spotter and a Huey Chopper to assist the SANParks – Table Mountain National Park in suppression efforts of the fire as windy weather conditions rages in Cape Town.#SavingLives#ProtectingTheEnvironment pic.twitter.com/fOhfGB0o0N
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) February 16, 2021