Fire closes Sir Lowry’s Pass

An extensive vegetation fire on Friday closed Sir Lowry’s Pass to traffic.

Eleven fire vehicles, five water tankers and six fire engines were sent to fight the blaze along Sir Lowrie’s Pss near Somerset West.

Richard Bosman‚ executive director for safety and security for the City of Cape Town‚ said the fire is raging on Horse Shoe Bend and firefighters were dispatched just before 6am.

Two helicopters were dispatched to tackle the fire at Sir Lowrie’s Pass. Pics supplied by Richard Bosman.

Eleven firefighting vehicles‚ five water tankers and six fire engines are at the scene.

In addition‚ two helicopters‚ contracted to the city‚ have been dispatched from Newlands to extinguish the blaze in areas inaccessible to the ground crew.

Fire fighters fought the blaze along Horse Shoe Bend.

“There is no immediate danger to property‚” said Bosman.

On Tuesday‚ a fire tore through an informal settlement in Valhalla Park on the Cape Flats. About 150 shacks were destroyed and 300 people were left homeless.

By: Nashira Davids

Source: TMG Digital.

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