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
Wild fire started near Devils Peak in Cape Town. Clear the mountain. pic.twitter.com/MOMnWlLiiG
— Roses.Are*Blue (@TefoAMbition) April 18, 2021
Table Mountain burning. Too much heat in Cape Town today! It’s worse now there is that fire ! pic.twitter.com/ZMf16OhHId
— Asantè’s Uncle (@mvusi1) April 18, 2021
Someone is playing with fire in Cape Town pic.twitter.com/fkjIgr26O0
— sifiso ndovela (@Sifiso_Ndovela) April 18, 2021
— NDL (@LfcPoes) April 18, 2021
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.
Philip Kgosana Drive Fire
— SANParks TMNP (@TableMountainNP) April 18, 2021