Choppers sent in to fight Table Mountain fire

17 March 2018 - 13:20 By Dave Chambers
Smoke rises from a fire on table mountain on Saturday, 17 March 2018.
Smoke rises from a fire on table mountain on Saturday, 17 March 2018.
Image: Ruvan Boshoff

Three water-bombing helicopters were scrambled on Saturday to fight a fire that broke out on Table Mountain around 12.30pm.

A plume of smoke rose into the air on the eastern side of the mountain’s front face‚ which looms over the city centre.

In a video shot from Platteklip Gorge‚ Peter Lalor filmed hikers ascending the mountain with a pall of smoke in the background emanating from around the level of the contour path.

City of Cape Town safety and security director Richard Bosman said there was no danger to property.

“The wind is very minimal and we are hoping we can kill it quickly with the choppers‚” he said.


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