The fire that started in the early afternoon on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and Lions Head has worsened, burning out cars and homes.

The howling 50km/h winds have fuelled the fire which began above Tafelberg Road and jumped over to Kloof Nek.

A total of 203 firefighters with 28 firefighting appliances on scene excluding Table Mountain National Park and Working on Fire crews.

“We ask that everyone avoid Kloof Nek road & the area around The Glen near Camps Bay!” said VWS Wildfires

The City has reported six severely damaged vehicles and 5 affected vehicles on Signal Hill Road.

Kloof Nek Road closed at Bellevue Road towards Camps Bay. Geneva drive and Camps Bay Drive are also closed.

Three homes closest to the fire on Trek and Higgo roads have also been burnt as a result of the flames.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has said it is closely monitoring the fire and there is no cause to evacuate. 

They have asked people not to panic but to adhere to the following:

Close all windows and doors to prevent draft and reduce heat.

Wildfire creates smoky conditions, so it’s important for everyone to reduce exposure to smoke.

Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Children, pregnant women, people living with asthma and heart disease need to be especially careful.

Picture: The City of Cape Town

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