#CapeTownFire - How it started

A veld fire that had extended to over 3 000 hectares starting from above Boyes Drive in Muizenberg on Sunday 1 March had spread to the sea on the Hout Bay side seriously damaging the Tintswalo Atlantic hotel, the Chapman's Peak toll plaza and the Silvermine Tented Camp.

Monday 2 March

Fire fighting choppers were unable to water bomb after sunset and fanned by strong winds left the fires to spread over a huge area. Thank fully there was not lost of life or damage to building during the night, but it did claim parts of the Chapman's Peak toll plaza and the sections of the Tintswalo Atlantic hotel.

A video posted shows the flames progression in just two hours.

an aerial view of the area affected.

Sunday 1 March

The fire began on the slopes of the Table Mountain chain above Boyes Drive in Muizenberg. The cause is not known but speculation ranges from a food fire that was fanned to nearby veld or an intentional fire set late on a windy day to cause damage.


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