Fire on Camps Bay Drive

The fire on the slopes of Table Mountain was contained quickly despite the intense winds.

A blaze on Camps Bay Drive on the slopes of Table Mountain was extinguished within 90 minutes of it being reported on Sunday, October 29, at 5.25pm.

Spokesperson for the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Jermaine Carelse said the cause of the fire was unknown and there were no injuries.

“We have experienced an increase in vegetation fires. Predominantly the summer season is normally as from December up to end of March. The City’s Fire Service was assisted by SANParks and (NCC Environmental Services). By midnight the area was declared safe and crews inspected the areas every two to three hours to monitor for any flare-ups,” he said.

SANParks spokesperson Lauren Howard-Clayton said invasive plants cannot be blamed for the fire.

“The fire burnt through a stand of mature Proteas so invasive plants did not play a roll in this fire. The rapid spread was as a result of the extreme, local wind conditions,” she said.

“There is a park wide invasive plant management programme managed by SANParks Biodiversity Special Projects. Clearing has been expanded to high altitude with the recent work undertaken on the slopes above Newlands as part of a Helihack.”