The larger part of Cape Town was blanketed in smoke yesterday afternoon, as a runaway veld fire burned on the slopes of Sir Lowry’s Pass above Gordon’s Bay.

At least four homes were lost to the fire on Tuesday afternoon, as emergency services battled to keep the encroaching flames away from the seaside suburb. Both the R44 and Sir Lowry’s Pass were closed to traffic.




By Wednesday morning, large tracts of dark smoke could still be seen billowing from above Sir Lowry’s Pass. Emergency services on the scene endured a long and taxing night.


The Gordon’s Bay / Sir Lowry’s Pass blaze is not the only fire to have broken out within the past day. Late last night, another call-out was received by emergency services to attend a veld fire at Klawer Valley near Simon’s Town, and this morning, personnel are still on scene battling the flames.

Several homes in Scarborough are under threat from the approaching Klawer Valley fire, where evacuation of parts of the village has already begun. Gusts of wind over 50 km/h are expected throughout the day.



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