Strong winds are fuelling a fire that started earlier in the day in Bakoven, between Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The fire started on Saturday, January 2 and Victoria Road had to be closed for most of the afternoon due to thick smoke affecting visibility. The blaze was brought under control in the late afternoon. Another flare up began a short while later and winds in the area have picked up, fanning the flames and making it more difficult to get under control.

In a statement on Facebook, SANParks confirmed the second ignition and said they have dispatched firefighting crews to help bring the blaze under control.

“Firefighting crews from SANParks Table Mountain National Park, @nccwildfires and the Volunteer Wildfire Services have been diverted from the Redhill fire to assist a private land owner and the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, with the ongoing Bakoven Fire as it is currently threatening SANParks property,” they said.

Unfortunately, strong winds and thick vegetation is causing a problem for firefighters and making it more difficult to douse the flames.


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