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Ou Kaapse Weg fires under control after Silver Mine evacuated on Saturday

23 January 2022 10:22 AM
Tags:
Fire
Cape Fire Season
Table Mountain National Park
Ou Kaapse Weg
fire season

A number of veld fires broke out along Ou Kaapse Weg on Saturday as temperatures soared in the Cape.
Image of Ou Kaapse Weg fires posted by SANParks TMNP on Twitter @TableMountainNP, 22/01/22

Ou Kaapse Weg was closed on Saturday between Steenberg and Silvermine Roads, as a number of veld fires broke out.

Visitors were evacuated from the Silvermine area as a safety precaution.

Helicopters water-bombed the area and the fires had been brought under control by Saturday afternoon, with hot spots being monitored.

“The swift response of the City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue service, in collaboration with Table Mountain National Parks and Wildland Fire Volunteers, managed to stop the fire from spreading further,” said the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service.

There is an extreme heat warning for the Western Cape this weekend as temperatures rocket.

Fires were also reported in parts of the Cape Winelands.

Enviro Wildfire Services says there is an investigation into the Ou Kaapse Weg fires and is offering a reward for information on its Facebook page.




23 January 2022 10:22 AM
Tags:
Fire
Cape Fire Season
Table Mountain National Park
Ou Kaapse Weg
fire season

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