CAPE TOWN - Firefighters are currently battling yet another fire, this time near Kalk Bay, where Boyes Drive has been closed to traffic. A dwelling has also been damaged.
Table Mountain National Park spokesperson Megan Taplin said the fire is at Trappies Kop and moving in the direction of Saint James.
"The fire has been spotted across Boyes Drive because it's been driven downslope by a very hot wind - which is unusual for fires to move downslope."
The city's fire and rescue service spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse, said no occupants were present, and residents in the area had not been ordered to evacuate.
Carelse says firefighters have been strategically placed to cover the residential area. Additional resources were called in, and currently, there are 10 firefighting appliances and more than 40 firefighters on scene.
Taplin said ground crews as well as four helicopters and a spotter plane are attending to the blaze, assisting efforts with water bombing.
They are being assisted by crews from Table Mountain National Park, Working on Fire (WoF), the National Command Centre (NCC), and Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS).
🔥#BoyesDriveFire🔥— SANParks TMNP (@TableMountainNP) February 12, 2024
Table Mountain National @NCCWildfires contracted crews, two Huey helicopters, and a spotter plan, alongside the City of Cape Town #Fire and Rescue Services, are responding to a fire along Boyes Drive, near Trappieskop.
⚠️ Boyes Drive closed to traffic! pic.twitter.com/Ij6WLRbel9
Meanwhile, firefighters in the Overberg region are bracing themselves to battle a blaze which has been burning high up on the peaks of the Klein Swartberg mountain range near Caledon.
Overberg municipality fire and rescue services spokesperson Reinhard Geldenhuys said the fire started at about midday.
"It's burning high up into the mountain. We are making plans to do backburns to close down the western side of the fire. The eastern side of the fire is still burning high up in the mountain in inaccessible terrain."
Geldenhuys said landowners in the area have been warned to be prepared when the fire starts coming down the mountain.