A huge orange blaze engulfing part of the mountain. Smoke sweeping over the city, penetrating houses whose windows were firmly shut. The sound of sirens in the street and helicopters flying overhead.
This is not the scene of a movie. Rather it is what many people experienced last night and this morning. A fire that broke out at Deer Park yesterday (Monday 16 January 2017) was thought to be extinguished, but around 9 pm strong winds caused the flames to flare up again. The fire quickly spread, and could be seen over Vredehoek, causing concern for the safety of residents in the area.
The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) and the City’s Fire and Rescue Services worked all through the night to get the fire under control, and thanks to their tireless efforts managed to avoid a mass evacuation and got the fire under control this morning. Deer Park remains closed as of this morning.
While it is fire season in the Western Cape, we have seen an insane amount of devastating fires all over, including Somerset West, Simon’s Town, Signal Hill and now Table Mountain. Throughout, firefighters have worked relentlessly to protect as much as they could and keep us all safe. We are proud of the fine work that they do.
Here are some images from last night’s fire:
— Community Medics (@ComMedics) January 17, 2017
— Community Medics (@ComMedics) January 16, 2017
— Anthony Molyneaux (@AJGMolyneaux) January 16, 2017
— CapeTalk (@CapeTalk) January 16, 2017
Yet another fire in Cape Town. This time, Deer Park. I can’t stop thinking of the suffering, perishing animals ? pic.twitter.com/BpMF6JcrCP
— Muriel Argent (@muriel_argent) January 16, 2017
— Jane Notten (@JaneNotten) January 17, 2017
— Sarka Svoboda (@SarkaSvoboda) January 17, 2017
— Rick-Rack Cadillac (@irCadillac) January 17, 2017
— Kelli Knutsen (@KelliKnutsen) January 17, 2017
— VWS Wildfires (@vwsfires) January 17, 2017
Photography Muriel Argent/Twitter