The #SirLowrysPassFire is stretching from the N2/Gordon’s Bay to Steenbras Dam, in the direction of Rooi Els. Picture: Bryan Mennie
Cape Town -  The N2 is closed between Sir Lowry's Pass Rd and Botrivier, with no access to Gordon's Bay Rd and Sir Lowry's Pass Village due to a fire.

The fire is stretching from the N2/Gordon’s Bay to Steenbras Dam, in the direction of Rooi Els.

"At this stage we can report that four houses have been destroyed by fire," according to Charlotte Powell from the City of Cape Town.

"There are 35 fire fighting vehicles on scene  with resources from the City of Cape Town, Bulk Water and Cape Nature. The Animal Welfare Helderberg in Gordons Bay has been evacuated and the premises destroyed by fire."

Powell added that other than the four houses, there is no further damage to residential property. The fire is still being fanned by very strong winds, gusting by 80km/ph in places. 

"Most of the fires is still on the upper slopes of the mountain and is inaccessible to the ground crews and going up the Steenbras River mouth. Fire fighters have been strategically placed to protect the properties that are in the line of fire."

Fire and Rescue spokesperson, Theo Layne said: "The City's Fires and Rescue service is still battling the blaze that started at about 11:30am Tuesday morning on the slopes above Gordan's Bay.

"No injuries have been reported, and the fire is still being fanned by a very strong south-easterly wind. It is expected that fire fighters will remain on the scene throughout the day and night."

Layne added that approximately 200 firefighters are still on the scene.

Powell said the power supply has also been affected. 

"Power supply to Gordon's Bay and Sir Lowry's Village has been disrupted as a result of carbon build up on the transmission lines," Powell said. 

"Two electricity substations have been destroyed by fire. City of Cape Town Electricity Services and Eskom are working to restore power, the public is advised that there will be a sporadic break in transmission of electricity in the area and no restoration time is available."




Cape Argus