Large fire, Somerset West/Gordon's Bay area 7 Nov 2017

Gordon_R

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Large fire, Sir Lowry's Pass/Gordon's Bay area 7 Nov 2017

CoCT tweet:

Mountain Fire along Sir Lowry’s Pass in Gordon’s Bay, N2 outbound closed from Sir Lowry’s Pass Rd. The N2 inbound closed at Botrivier and N2 outbound closed at Broadlands Ave.
VWS tweet:

Large amounts of smoke blowing over @CityofCT from #SirLowrysPassFire. Southern suburbs to CBD affected by smoke currently.
Edit: SAWS warning:

A gale-force South Easterly wind (65-70km/h) is expected, subsiding on Tuesday night.
 
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Hosehead

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I left Gordon's bay for Rooi els at 11.30 and there was no smoke but it was pretty windy and quite a bit of tourist traffic in hire cars and I was thinking
Perfect conditions for some Idiot to chuck a stompie out the window ...
Sure enough on my way back to Gordon's bay I saw the fire start around 12 on the Steenbras side of sir low pass and it accelerated so fast with dense vegetation burning and the smoke plume was enormous already reaching strand
At 12.30 I couldn't see broad lands road on my way back and emergency services were only just leaving Somerset West ..,counted several fire engines and traffic police were still parked up at GB station
One officer was diverting outgoing traffic from heading up the pass down to GB and shortly after another intersection was closed diverting same traffic to strand
Big fire . Hope they get it contained before it nips over to the Kleinmond direction because then there's no stopping it
 

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Animal Welfare Helderberg

URGENT... We need help. The fire is close to our kennels and we need to evacuate our animals. If anyone can help please come to our kennels. Don't phone us, the phones are chaotic. If you can take dogs come to us in Mansfield crescent in Gordon's Bay urgently please. Thank you

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalWelfareHelderberg/
 

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Photo: https://twitter.com/GordonsBaySA/status/927889909398024192

First houses in Mountainside going up in smoke. Not good with wind gusting at 72kph.
Edit: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...oor-visibility-on-cape-town-highways-20171107

Update: EWN tweet: https://twitter.com/ewnreporter/status/927904868408455168

The CoCT's fire service says 4 houses have burnt in the fire along the mountain slopes of Sir Lowry's Pass and Gordon's Bay. SF
Edit: https://twitter.com/CapeTownFreeway/status/927906053228056576

N2 Road has been Re-open
 
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Fulcrum29

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Somebody posted a photo on Facebook indicating that the fire is moving onto Suikerbossie and into Rooiels's direction.
 

daveza

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Jeez, and November isn't even the hottest or the windiest month. A sign of what's in store perhaps?
Rush hour in Cape Town used to start at 5, now it starts at 3.

January used to be the windy month, now it starts in October.

August was rain month, now no month is rain month.

Everything has gone crazy.
 
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