An eerie apricot glow hung over Fish Hoek this morning as the sun tried to penetrate thick smoke layers after three days of raging fires that gutted vast tracts of the southern Peninsula. Fuelled further on Sunday by howling winds that dispersed hot ash across the surrounding mountainside, firefighting teams and volunteers had to work around the clock to try and contain several fires scattered across Noordhoek, Muizenberg, Boyes Drive and surrounds.
The devastation looks like something from an apocalyptic movie. Large parts of Silvermine Nature Reserve have been reduced to a smouldering wasteland on both sides of Ou Kaapseweg, where entire ecosystems of fynbos and the small animals that habitat this endemic flora have been decimated. Very little would have survived the blaze as it greedily devoured the largely dry reserve, urged on by the gusts of wind.
Yesterday evening as fire still raged along Chapman’s Peak, firefighting crews worked to contain the blaze.