NEW FIRES BREAK OUT

Firefighters were yesterday battling uncontrolled blazes on opposite sides of False Bay after a new fire broke out at Cape Point.

Firefighters were yesterday battling uncontrolled blazes on opposite sides of False Bay after a new fire broke out at Cape Point.

Table Mountain National Park fire chief Philip Prins said the new fire started on the north side of Plateau Road and was reported to fire control at 9.20am.

"It's still burning out of control and we are trying to contain it," he said yesterday.

The fire, fanned by a strong wind, was moving up the mountain in a northerly direction.

Prins said though it was not threatening any homes, the fire could pose a threat to an SA National Defence Force installation in Klawer Valley if it crossed the mountain.

Earlier, Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said the firefighters were still battling the runaway fire at Gordon's Bay.

"Firefighters have been battling fires since 3am on Monday and throughout the night," spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"They are still busy bringing the fire under control."

Solomons-Johannes said two houses were damaged and one gutted by the blaze.

Firefighters on standby and those off duty were called in to help - bringing the total number of the team to 150.

Residences along the Gordon's Bay mountain slopes were evacuated on Monday.

Solomons-Johannes said 54 fire-fighting trucks and a contingent of police officials were sent to the scene.

The weather service has said the current weather conditions were unlikely to change in the next 24 hours, which could hamper fire-fighting efforts.

The Air Force had been requested to be on standby to assist with aerial firefighting. - Sapa

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