One of Cape Town’s Biggest Tourist Attractions Is on Fire

Jan 28, 2019

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If you were headed to Cape Town to take advantage of the great paragliding the area has to offer, we’ve got bad news: Cape Town’s famous Lion’s Head and Signal Hill are currently going up in flames.

The fire, which started Sunday afternoon around 4pm, is being fed by strong 25 to 30mph winds. As of Sunday afternoon, some 70 fire fighters and 20 fire-fighting vehicles, including helicopters, were on the scene attempting to gain control of the flames. “The firefighting effort [is] expected to last all night,” according to the Sunday Times.

There are also reports of residents having been advised to evacuate affected areas. Emergency vehicles are blocking some of the main roads but so far flights arriving and departing Cape Town International Airport (CPT) don’t appear to be affected by the fire.

Social media has been providing pretty incredible video and images of the current situation:

The high winds are causing the fire to spread quickly:

This post was last updated as of 8:00pm on 01/27/19. We will continue to update this post as the story develops.

H/T: Cape Town Etc

Featured image courtesy of Joseph Dana

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