Dozens evacuated during Cape fire

A raging mountain fire in Gordon’s Bay on Monday has resulted in dozens of people being evacuated, fire officials and police said.

“The fire jumped across a dam on the Cape Town side and has now gone down the mountain,” said Reinard Geldenhuis of Cape Nature Conservation Fire management.

An inspector at the Steenbrass forest station said it was suspected that the fire started on a farm and spread quickly due to “strong wind conditions”.

He said no fatalities had been reported but that firefighters had been battling to contain the flames.

Said Geldenhuis: “We are still fighting the fire on our side and trying to prevent it from going towards the residential area.”—Sapa

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