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A large wildfire that has been fueled by gale force winds is burning across the southern peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa from Muizenberg to Hout Bay.
According to a British Broadcasting (BBC) article, +South African Firefighters Battle Blaze on Cape Town Mountains+; “More than 100 South African firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town. Thousands of hectares of vegetation have been reduced to ashes on Chapman's Peak, while several homes and a holiday lodge have been destroyed. More than 50 people - residents of a retirement home - have been treated for smoke inhalation, officials say.”
Wildfires are common in South Africa from November to May but according to some reports, this has been a hotter and dryer season than usual. This fire started on Sunday and spread rapidly additionally due to high winds.
Photo credit: A firefighter tries to stop a blaze at Noordhoek Manor. Nic Bothma, European Pressphoto Agency
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