Firefighters are attempting to contain a blaze that has broken out at Noordhoek Wetlands next to Lake Michelle Estate. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is currently on the scene, alongside the NCC Wildfire Services as they attempt to stop the flames from spreading. Around 70 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze with helicopters having been requested to water bomb the area.
There’s no word yet as to what started the fire, although Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse had indicated that services had been called to the area as reeds in the wetlands had caught alight around 2.19pm today. According to IOL, the City of Cape Town cannot verify whether any houses have caught alight, but an update will be provided at a later stage.
#NEWSTART 🔥 Noordhoek Wetlands – Lake Michelle🔥@NCCEnviron Wildfire Agent Services response crew, are responding to a wildfire next to our client Lake Michelle Estate in Noordhoek. @cptfrs are in attendance.#WeHaveGotYourBack#FireIsEveryonesFight
— NCC Wildfires (@NCCWildfires) February 22, 2022
This is not the first fire this week that NCC Wildfires has been called on to assist. According to reports, Franschhoek Pass, a well-known scenic drive and mountain pass with lookout points and views of rugged mountains and picturesque valleys, had been engulfed in flames on Sunday morning, 20 February too.
This is a developing story.