SABC News - Additional air support deployed to Cape Peninsula fires:Friday 13 October 2017

Additional air support deployed to Cape Peninsula fires

Friday 13 October 2017 06:47

Sarel Meintjes

The fire is currently burning on the summit of the 12 Apostles mountains.

The fire is currently burning on the summit of the 12 Apostles mountains. (NCC-Environmental-Services)

Additional air support has been called in to combat the mountain fire in the Cape Peninsula that has been raging since Wednesday and threatened the luxury Twelve Apostles Hotel in Campsbay. Guests were evacuated as a precautionary measure from the hotel in Oudekraal.

SANParks spokesperson, Merle Collins says the fire is now burning on the summit of the 12 Apostles mountains. It has spread from the Oudekraal Nature Reserve near Camps Bay to the Table Mountain National Park over an area of about 200 hectares.

Collins says several helicopters and about hundred firefighters will be working on the fire on Friday: “We're getting in 3 Helicopters and a spotter Plane, the first of these aircraft will arrive around 10 or 11am and the rest between 12pm and 2pm, we're also sending in fresh crews this morning  just to contain the fire, the road between Llandudno and Campsbay  was closed last night, we're still trying to contain the fire.”

Meanwhile, more aircraft will also be sent to fight the fire that's still raging on the Twevle Apostles Mountains above Cape Town.



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