South Peninsula Ablaze!
The South Peninsula of Cape Town is ablaze today. It began on Saturday and has spread – virtually unabated – due to very high winds currently whipping the mountainsides. The Volunteer Wildfire Services are doing their best, but it is a pretty hard fight to have right now. Chapmans Peak and Ou Kaapse Weg are both closed with the communities of Noordhoek and Sunvalley under significant threat… and Houtbay soon within it’s path. Our thoughts are with everyone battling the blaze – firefighters and community members alike.
For any holiday makers out there, please postpone any plans for a Peninsula Tour to Cape Point as the roads will be either closed or severely clogged.
It remains to be announced whether any route alterations will be effected for this Saturday’s Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously The Argus). If the blaze continues, and road security is affected (due to rockfalls etc) – it could well be that the organisers may have to make some swift decisions.
Whilst the cause of the blaze is yet unknown, it is worthy to note that the Cape Fynbos – the smallest and most diverse of the world’s 7 floral kingdoms, only found here on the Cape Peninsula – needs fire to restore, regenerate and assist it’s natural growth cycle. So whilst a tragedy it is also a necessary cycle of life!
Keep safe out there.
Photo credits to Arne Purves & Lara Scott.