Watch: Fire rages on Signal Hill, as Cape Town authorities respond

A blaze on the side of Signal Hill has prompted an emergency response in Cape Town, with high winds posing a problem for fire crews.

watch fire rages on signal hill as cape town authorities respond - Watch: Fire rages on Signal Hill, as Cape Town authorities respond

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.

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.

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