Yet another Cape Town fire keeps firefighters busy

Mike Hutchings  Reuters

Mike Hutchings Reuters

The blazing fire near the 12 Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay Cape Town continues to rage on.

Management took action and evacuated the hotel on Thursday.

SANParks' Merle Collins says that more firefighters are expected to be deployed on Friday morning.

Earlier this year a fire spread across areas of Hout Bay destroying informal houses and causing great displacement for those living in the area.

Firefighters from City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, TMNP, NCC Environmental Services and Working on Fire have been battling the blaze since yesterday.

In addition 35 Table Mountain National Park contracted firefighters, 80 Working on Fire firefighters and 09 volunteers from the Volunteer Wildfire Services as well as staff from the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association will be fighting the fire on the ground. We are very busy at the moment trying to make sure that everyone is safe", he said.Table Mountain National Park fire manager Phillip Prins told News24 that they were concentrating on the fire that's burning above the hotel."The fire is burning on two sides, around the hotel and in Camps Bay.

Three helicopters, which flew in from George and the Eastern Cape, were also waterbombing the fire with sea water.

Officials are hopeful that due to the decreased winds, there is a good chance that the fire will be brought under control and put out completely.

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