I love my sleep and can usually drown out most distractions – the snoring, sounds of gunfire, the kitties trying to get under the sheets. The sweet sounds of the alarm clock and delicate aroma of cooking oats that I usually wake up to got replaced with wailing police sirens and choking smoke. I thought I woke up in someone else’s nightmare but the situation is all too real.
Cape Town’s ablaze, the mountain is dotted with fires, residents in Vredehoek have been evacuated, and I’ve been sneezing like a motherfucker. Altogether not a very happy situation.
Here are some pics.
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More than a 100 fire-fighters are busy battling the blaze that apparently began in area of bush and grass on Table Mountain behind the University Of Cape Town and near Vredehoek. Three firefighters have been injured thus far. Our hearts go out to the people and animals affected by the blaze.
See more images at Imod, read the news story at News24 and IOL, and keep up with the Tweets.
Update: So it’s a few hours later and the fire carries on. Ash is all over the place, and four helicopters are flying through the smoky skies. Feels like I’ve smoked a carton of ciggies. Euch. Here’s a quick snap from my house.
According to the latest article on News24, two bergies sustained third degree burns, five firefighters were injured, 60 people were evacuated, no property had been damaged, and De Waal drive will be closed for most of the day.