Picture credit: Sophie Birkett, Twitter.
A fire that broke out on Kloof Nek on Sunday afternoon was still raging out of control late Sunday night and blazing on the slopes of Lion's Head, Signal Hill and above Fresnaye and upper Sea Point.
What to do if you're in the area
Steer clear: Authorities have requested that residents and onlookers keep the roads around the blaze clear to allow for easy access to the area, and have advised people to stay off the mountain.
Don't fly drones: VWS have tweeted a plea requesting drone operators and hobbyists to not fly their drones in an attempt to capture footage and stills of the blaze, as this poses a serious danger to any firefighting aircraft and could result in all aircraft being grounded.
Save these numbers: If you have an emergency, please call 021 480 7700 from your cellphone, or 107 from a landline.
Do not panic: A Facebook post from Jacques Weber called for residents to ignore mass WhatsApp messages, and to rather wait for officials to call for evacuations if necessary.
According to Weber, by 10.30pm, no houses had been evacuated. "Evacuations will be called for if needed by an official authority (Fire Services, SAPS, Law Enforcement Services, Metro Police) by means of knocking on doors and use of their PA systems," he said.
Call for donations
If you would like to donate supplies, Volunteer Wildfire Services has called for energy bars, peanuts & raisins, chocolates, sandwiches, Energade / Powerade and fruit to be dropped off at their Newlands base for distribution. Their base is located on Union Avenue at the bottom of Newlands Forest and above the M3.
Fire out of control on Sunday evening, say authorities
According to Kfm's sister station CapeTalk, the fire broke out around 4pm on Sunday. A member of the public alerted the authorities, who quickly dispatched all available resources, including Table Mountain National Park, Working on Fire, and the Volunteer Wildfire Services.
Three helicopters were dispatched over the course of Sunday afternoon in an attempt to battle the blaze, which spread rapidly.
Emergency services and Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) were on the scene facing heavy wind, making conditions on the ground especially difficult for their crew.
A brief idea of what the #KloofNekFire from Tamboerskloof looks like.
This is an example video of the #KloofNekFire that started on Kloof Nek in Tamboerskloof 5 hours ago. The fire is still not under control and the strong, gusting winds are making it difficult for the various crews on the ground.
The main fire lines right now are those still burning in the Tamboerskloof area but with the fire having moved onto the slopes above Fresnaye and upper Sea Point, we ask that the general public avoid these areas.
Please allow the emergency services vehicles to get to these areas.
If you have an emergency, please call 021 480 7700 from your cellphone or 107 from a landline.
If you'd like to drop off sandwiches/Energade for distribution to crews on the lines, you can do so at the Newlands Fire Base https://vws.org.za/stations/newlands/
For more immediate updates, follow @vwsfires on Twitter and the hashtag.
Credit to Chantal Louw / @ChantalLouw_ on Twitter
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At approximately 12.30am, VWS tweeted that the fire had spread into Table Mountain and towards the Cable Station, and warned onlookers to stay clear of the mountains while firefighters attempted to bring the fire under control
Sunday evening: No buildings in danger
At 8.45pm, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) fire manager Philip Prins announced that while the fire was out of control, no buildings were in danger.
Shortly before 10pm, City of Cape Town fire and rescue service spokesman Theo Layne said evacuations were not yet necessary.
However, faced with heavy smoke and the sight of flames, some Sea Point residents were choosing to evacuate their homes, despite no official call to do so.
Lion's Head was closed to hikers for maintenance on the trail
Photographs on social media showed Lion's Head - a popular hiking trail - ablaze from Sunday afternoon. However, the route is currently closed to hikers as the route undergoes maintenance.