Cape firefighters battle Signal Hill fire


"The plan for today is to secure the perimeter as well as hot spots as the fire has now moved past the 12 Apostles Hotel from the tar road into Table Mountain National Park", said South African National Parks spokesperson, Merle Collins.

Meanwhile, Cape Town's famous 12 Apostles Hotel was still closed on Friday after guests were evacuated to other hotels as a precaution on Thursday, as the fire spread dangerously close to the property.

The fires began in the Oudekraal-Camps Bay area since Wednesday fanned by strong winds.

To be more specific: Three helicopters and 150 firefighters have been deployed to take on the unsafe fire. The hotel was forced to evacuate late on Thursday night and now over 100 firefighters are battling the blaze. Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) fire manager Philip Prins told News24 that the ground team would take on the left and right sides of the fire.

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

"Currently, we have two fire engines and three water tankers with 16 staff of scene", said Edward Bosch, on behalf of the City of Cape Town's emergency reaction crews.

Prins also said that the fire had started on privately owned land on the mountain slopes.