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Fire dangers continue after Table Mountain burns

The South African Weather Service has warned of extremely high fire dangers conditions in the country’s windy western and northern side. Extremely high fire danger condition can be expected in places over the interior of the Northern Cape, West Coast district, Central and Little Karoo as well as the northeastern[…]

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Heatwave hits SA again

The South African Weather Service has warned again of extremely high fire danger conditions expected in places over the central and eastern interior of the Northern Cape, the extreme western parts of the North West province and the Free State, as well as in the Great Karoo of the Western[…]

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Extreme weather keeps WC firefighters on their toes

Extreme weather conditions have kept Western Cape firefighters on their feet for the past 10 days. “Shortly after the beginning of the new year, conditions have steadily worsened. High speed winds and very dry conditions are making areas particularly vulnerable to runaway fires,” said Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton[…]

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CT fires kill 9, displace thousands

Several fires in Cape Town over the weekend have left nine people dead and thousands displaced. The most heavily affected areas included Elsies River, Delft, Mfuleni, Vrygrond, Imizamo Yethu Informal Settlement as well as Cape Town Station. On Saturday alone, eight people were killed after shack fires engulfed various parts[…]

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8 killed in Cape Town shack fires

Eight people were killed and 19 others were displaced in the early hours of Saturday morning across Cape Town when their shacks in were engulfed in flames, the city’s fire and rescue department said. A total of three men, three women and two girls were killed in four different areas,[…]

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Fires leave at least 100 homeless

At least 100 people have been displaced after two fires in Cape Town, the city’s fire and rescue services said on Sunday. The first fire broke out at Military Heights informal settlement in Seawinds around 18:00 on Saturday, said spokesperson Theo Layne. Up to 70 wood and iron structures were[…]

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City braces itself for fire season

With the fire season already in full swing, additional staff and resources have been deployed to bolster the city’s fire-fighting capabilities in the coming weeks. Since the beginning of October, the service has been called into action for a number of structural and vegetation fires, as witnessed by the recent[…]

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Some Cape Town fires started deliberately: report

Two of the three fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula in March this year were deliberately started, while a third – the largest of the three – was probably started accidentally by some vagrants. This is according to a forensic investigation report released on Thursday by the City of Cape[…]

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City still counting the cost of fires

The City of Cape Town and various other agencies are collaborating to determine the financial impact of the recent South Peninsula fire. The assessment will consider the total resources used, costs, and the extent of the damage. At the same time, the investigation into the cause of the fire is[…]

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Firefighters work through the night

Firefighters worked through the night to ensure the fire which broke out in Muizenberg remained contained, the City of Cape Town said on Monday. “Three helicopters continued water-bombing the flames in Hout Bay and Tokai until sunset,” mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said in a statement.[…]

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