Residents living in the Cape Town city bowl and surrounding areas have been evacuated as a mountain fire rages. Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith says precautionary evacuations have been carried out
Residents living in the Cape Town city bowl and surrounding areas have been evacuated as a mountain fire rages.
The City’s Air Quality Monitoring Unit has recorded very high levels of Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM 2.5) at the Foreshore Monitoring Station. Asthmatics and other sensitive receptors with respiratory conditions are urged to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed.
The fire initially started in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial on Sunday and continued to spread in the direction of Vredehoek.One suspect in his 30s was taken into custody last night in the vicinity of Devil’s Peak.JP SmithSmith said two city firefighters had been injured.
“All efforts remain focused on active firefighting for the moment, although the fire is hard to reach in places and we hope that aerial firefighting support can be deployed to douse the flames before it reaches the urban edge. However, the wind could impact on this deployment,” he said. headtopics.com
“For the moment, there are some precautionary evacuations taking place in Vredehoek, but no other evacuations were necessary overnight. We commend the firefighters, Disaster Risk Management staff and volunteers, the enforcement staff and every other agency and individual who have played a role in the efforts to contain the fire, and continue to do so,” Smith added.
DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT• Evacuations have taken place at UCT as well as the following locations in Vredehoek: Peppertree Road, Ministerial Estate, Disa Park, Mountain View complex• All schools in Vredehoek have been asked to evacuate• Assessments are underway in Zonnebloem
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT)• In the event of evacuation, please remember to take chronic medication, Identity Documents, passports, cash, cellphones, bottled water, non-perishable food, a set of clothing, blanket and toiletries.— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT)
April 19, 2021Speculation is rife around whether the original fire was an act of arson.Smith said that would form part of investigations, but that the “City can confirm that one suspect in his 30s was taken into custody last night in the vicinity of Devil’s Peak”. headtopics.com
“He was spotted by a resident, who tracked him down with the help of his sons and the family’s dogs. The matter is with SAPS for investigation and further details will follow as they become available,” said Smith.“For now, the focus is on bringing the fire under control and we appeal to the public to assist the authorities by following instructions in respect of evacuations where necessary, staying away from the active firefighting scenes so that firefighters can focus on the job at hand, and by reporting any information that may be relevant to the investigations into this incident,” said Smith
10:50- Walmer Estate is completely smoked out...I live at the bottom so still fine my side but the top roads have been evacuated (premier/beresford etc) We are likely going to bc the smoke and wind are intense. Read more: City Press »
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