SANParks Table Mountain National Park has requested that all hikers within the Newlands and Rhodes Memorial area evacuate with immediate effect. UPDATE: Watch video – UCT students being evacuated as huge Table Mountain fire approaches University of Cape Town campus. Plus WATCH UCT Library in flames
The South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement that “cars parked within these sections need to be moved as a matter of urgency.”
SANParks says the Newslands Fire is “currently out of control” and that it requests that ALL onlookers “please refrain from entering the area and keep the area clear for emergency vehicles to pass.”
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant has apparently been destroyed.
According to live footage (if you scroll back on the red bar below), the fire appears to have started around the Newlands Forest area at approximately 09h00.