Watch: Table Mountain engulfed in smoke as wildfire breaks out

Emergency response teams are doing their utmost to quell a wildfire that has emerged at Devil’s Peak, on Table Mountain. The flames were spotted around 11:00 on Sunday, with scores of Cape Town locals uploading footage of the blaze online.

  • You can read a more recent update on the fires here

Wildfire engulfs Table Mountain

‘Water bombs’ are being dropped by helicopters, but this operation is likely to be a large one. The plumes of smoke can be seen from miles away, and the wildfire appears to be halfway up the iconic landmark. We are awaiting a statement from the relevant firefighting authorities about the nature and cause of this inferno.

Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and Lion’s Head are all susceptible to veld fires, and the jewel in Cape Town’s tourism crown has been badly affected this morning. We can confirm that National Park officials, Working On Fire, and NCC Wildfires are all at the scene tackling the blaze – with the fire now reaching down to Philip Kgosana Drive.

Watch: Table Mountain wildfire on Sunday 18 April

Cape Town weather ‘playing a part’ in veld inferno

Although the full set of circumstances surrounding this wildfire are yet to be confirmed, Cape Town is currently sweltering in 34C heat. The sharp rise in temperature and moderate winds have created a nightmare scenario for fire response teams, who now have to put out a blaze that is stretching across the rim of the City Bowl.

  • This is a developing story, and we will share more information on our homepage as it comes in.

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Presh JM Reporter

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