#CapeTownFire - 4 000 hectares have been scorched to date

An additional eight homes have been severely damaged in the fire. Three of those homes have been razed to the ground.

A property in Swaanswyk suburb of Tokai that was destroyed in the early hours of Wednesday 4 March 2015. Picture Courtesy of Aletta Gardner of EWN

4 March 2015

EWN reports that the total count of homes damaged has come to 13 since the blaze begun on Sunday 1 March.

Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne says almost 300 Noordhoek residents were forced to evacuate their homes this morning. Relief efforts are being provided at a local sport complex and church.

Strong winds picked up with a sudden change in direction in the early hours of the morning, blowing burning embers onto a thatched roof across Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Layne says that Chapman’s peak nets have sustained a lot of damage and Monkey Valley Resort has significantly burnt. Helicopters this morning are conducting an aerial assessment on the extent of the devastation.

Cooler weather and slight rain pour has been forecast for today, after Cape Town experienced the hottest day in 100 years yesterday.

Donations are also pouring in and it is heartening to hear companies pledge their financial support to the relief of firefighters. If you'd like to make a difference call our hotline now on 021 446 4837.

3 March 2015

The City of Cape Town says firefighters have managed to create boundaries for the fires in Chapman’s Peak on the Hout Bay side, Tokai Forest, and Noordhoek.

Firefighting crews continue to deal with sporadic flares in other parts of the Southern Peninsula. Emergency teams are monitoring the situation on the mountain slopes and the status of Clovelly near Kalk Bay.

The City reports that a few estates on the Noordhoek side of Chapman’s Peak are under threat, but no other damage to property has been reported since Monday.

Water-bombing in Hout Bay continues today in an effort to protect the properties in close proximity to the blaze along Military Road, Hugo Street, and Avenue Suzanne.

EWN has a tool to illustrate how big the fire is.

Five homes have been damaged along Silvermine Road in Noordhoek. The Tintswalo Lodge, the Chapman's Peak toll plaza and the Silvermine Tented Camp have also been damaged.

Residents of the San Michelle Old-Age Home and the Noordhoek Manor Retirement Village were evacuated as well as over 30 houses Noordhoek. Residents of the retirement home have since been able to return home.

The City’s advice for members of the public in affected areas:

  • Hose down thatched roofs
  • Keep all windows closed, and;
  • Call the City of Cape Town’s 107 Public Emergency Call Centre in the event of an emergency. (Dial 107 from a landline and 021 480 7700 from a cellphone)

This article first appeared on 702 : #CapeTownFire - 4 000 hectares have been scorched to date


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