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Mar 6, 2015

18:21:24 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - Africa - South Africa

EDIS Number: WF-20150302-47171-ZAF

Date / time: 02/03/2015 09:03:09 [UTC]

Event: Forest / Wild Fire

Area: Africa

Country: South Africa

State/County: Province of Western Cape

Location: Cape Town [Westlake]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Residents of Cape Town neighbourhoods affected by the fires currently raging through parts of the South Peninsula have spoken of having to evacuate their homes as the flames got nearer. The fire started in Muizenberg on Sunday afternoon and spread to different areas, including Noordhoek, Hout Bay and Westlake due to strong wind. Kyle Fourie, who lives in Stone Village in Stonehurst Mountain Estate, Westlake, told News24 he and his wife monitored the fire on Sunday night as it spread down the mountain towards the estate. "We were evacuated at about 04:00, but some people had left on their own beforehand. The firefighters were trying to contain it but the estate management said we should rather leave." The flames got through the estate's fence and a row of trees caught fire. Fourie and his wife had already packed clothing and important valuables and documents into their car. "We took anything we could take. The other stuff is insured. I also took my bike, just in case." Fourie added that his mother-in-law had already taken their cat to her home the night before. Residents of the estate were walking around overnight talking to each other and being supportive, he said. Meanwhile, Noordhoek resident and eNCA anchor Amy MacIver described waking up to the fire as "the worst alarm clock I've ever had". "We woke up at around 04:00 and the whole house was full of smoke. We opened the curtains and saw orange, it was the most frightening thing ever." One of the four houses that burnt down in the fire was near her home. MacIver, her husband and two children packed two pairs of clothes, grabbed their passports, and left. "At 04:30 our road was packed with people getting out, everyone was leaving."

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 2 on 2015-03-04 at 07:40:20.

Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-03-03 at 04:15:06.

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