Table Mountain fire: Major roads closed as blaze rips through Cape Town

Things have gone from bad to worse in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, after a fire broke out at the tip of Table Mountain. Flames engulfed Devil’s Peak, before spreading towards the Rhodes Memorial at UCT. As well as damaging a nearby cafe, the inferno has now led to a number of road closures across the City.

Wildfire leads to road closures, traffic nightmare in Cape Town

Parts of the M3 have been closed off. In a statement sent to us just moments ago, city authorities have made the decision to stop the flow of traffic on one of the biggest roads servicing Cape Town. It’s all hands to the pump from the firefighting side of things, as the scorching hot temperatures make the mission to contain this wildfire all the more difficult…

“The M3 inbound between Rhodes Drive and Union Avenue is closed to Traffic – as well as access roads from Woolsack Drive and Princess Ann Ave into the M3. The M3 outbound is closed at Hospital Bend, traffic diverted towards the N2

“Working On Fire teams from False Bay, Newlands and Horshot are on the scene working on the left flank. High risks with hot weather – and all provincial teams are on standby.”

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Table Mountain fire – latest news and updates on Sunday

In the meantime, SANParks has warned all hikers within the Newlands and Rhodes Memorial area to evacuate with immediate effect. Cars parked within these sections need to be moved as a matter of urgency. Arrive Alive have also issued advice for drivers, as they try and negotiate their way around a smoke-filled Cape Town on Sunday…

“There will be limited visibility due to smoke and there may be large volumes of slow-moving traffic – drastically reduce speed, drive carefully and be on full alert. Put your headlights and hazards on so that you are as visible as possible to other vehicles, particularly fire tankers/emergency workers.”

“If visibility becomes very poor, don’t attempt to drive through thick smoke or flame – many accidents occur when drivers attempt this, only to find that they run off the road, collide with stationary obstacles such as other vehicles, or are involved in head-on collisions with other vehicles attempting to drive through from the opposite direction.” | Arrive Alive

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Presh JM Reporter

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