‘Report any sign of fire immediately’

There was a swift response to the fire in Deer Park on Sunday.

A fire at Deer Park, Oranjezicht, that started on Sunday afternoon was extinguished early on Monday morning.

According to Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, the cause of the incident is unknown and no casualties have been reported.

Mr Carelse said any signs of a fire should be reported immediately.

He said wildfires are more common in Cape Town during the warmer, windier months.

“The City has put in place numerous measures to mitigate the risks, and to effectively manage incidents where they do occur. Just recently, the Fire and Rescue Service’s aerial support craft came into use, and were successfully deployed to help fight the Table Mountain fire. The sooner a fire is reported, the sooner our teams can respond and limit the extent, potentially saving lives and property,” Mr Carelse said.

“The City’s Fire and Rescue Service was alerted of a vegetation fire in the vicinity of Deer Park Drive just after 1pm on Sunday,” said Mr Carelse.

“Resources were dispatched to the scene and found a large area of vegetation alight along the lower slopes of Tafelberg Road and Deer Park Drive. The on-scene officer in charge requested additional resources to contain the blaze,” he said.

Over 40 firefighters were on scene and three helicopters were deployed.

“The Incident Management Team was activated to assist in managing the incident. The Table Mountain National Park’s fire resources were on scene. NCC Environmental Services as well as Working On Fire teams were on the ground and throughout the evening,” he said.

Ward 77 councillor Francine Higham said they are grateful to emergency and volunteer services that acted so quickly to extinguish the fire.

“As we are now well into fire season we encourage all residents residing along the urban edge to please take the necessary precautions to protect their homes from fires. This includes measures such as maintaining a firebreak around their property and removing dry leaves and dead branches from the yard and gutters,” said Ms Higham.

Call 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline to report fires.