Cause of Table Mountain fire still unknown

Cause of Table Mountain fire still unknown

The recent fire that ravaged parts of Cape Town’s Table Mountain has been contained by authorities, but still has no known cause.

It began early on Friday evening in Fountain Ravine, in the Kasteelspoort area of Table Mountain.

SANSParks said: “The fire has burnt up the steep slopes of the mountain, along the western section of the upper cable station.”

On Saturday, the City of Cape Town said 12 hikers were assisted down from Platteklip Gorge after they were overwhelmed by dense smoke. One of the hikers was in a serious condition and had to be airlifted for urgent medical attention as a result of the smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Visitors have been urged to be vigilant and alert authorities of any fire sightings. NPO, Parkscape, added: “Always give firefighting crews space and let them get on with their jobs.

“For any fires that impact the urban edge, stay abreast of what is happening and follow advice, particularly evacuation advice.

“If you live on the urban edge or in proximity to the urban edge (embers from wildfires can spot up to 5kms in strong winds), ensure your home is fireproofed, gutters are cleared of debris, and fire hoses are in working condition.”