Devil’s Peak serves gorgeous views on a silver platter, and as one of the major landmarks of Cape Town forming part of the mountainous backdrop to the city, this gem is truly a sight to behold.
But a blaze made a brief appearance on Saturday, 19 March as SANParks – Table Mountain National Park’s NCC Environmental Services crews responded to the fire above Philip Kgosana Drive – Devil’s Peak.
The incident was reported by NCC Wildfires, who said that the fire was quickly contained following swift action from all crews, and mopping up operations are in progress.
This comes after a fire recently destroyed the homes of around 200 families in Solly’s Town, Nomzamo in Strand. It swept through the community on Wednesday night, and was only put out by 1am on Thursday morning. But by this time, the once lively space had been reduced to debris.
The City of Cape Town and the Swartland municipality were also on alert after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 10 fire danger warning for Friday, 18 March.
The SAWS said that the “conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.”