Fires in Cape Town not yet contained

Firefighters are continuing to battle a fire on the mountains and hills above several residential areas in the South Peninsula in Cape Town.

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said on Tuesday that firefighters were battling three areas, on the Hout Bay side of Chapman’s Peak, Tokai Forest, and Noordhoek.

The fire started on Sunday, was contained, but flared up again just after 2am on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive.

It was fanned by strong winds and spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.

A source close to the Disaster Management Team battling the Cape fires has called for citizens to please stay off the roads in the south peninsula area.

Traffic is hampering firefighting efforts, with the blaze still burning in the Tokai and Fish Hoek areas.

The fire which razed at least seven homes in the Noordhoek area, as well as parts of Monkey Valley Resort, have since been contained, with evacuated residents returning to their homes, the Noordhoek Fire Department said.

300 people have also been evacuated to the Dutch Reformed Church in Noordhoek, Eyewitness News reports.

Fifty people have been evacuated to Tokai Community Church.