The fire which broke out in the Cape Town area last weekend has been extinguished, the city’s Disaster Risk Management said on Monday.
“The fire is under control, it was put out and everything is under control,” spokesperson Charlotte Powell said.
The fire started on 1 March, and was contained, but flared up again just after 02:00 on 2 March, in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive, fanned by strong winds.
It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.
These included the Tintswalo Lodge at the foot of Chapman’s Peak. Three of the properties – two in Constantia and one in Noordhoek – were destroyed.
By Wednesday, a total of 500 people had been evacuated since the fire began. Fifty-two frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.
About 2 000 people and 26 aircraft were involved in the operation.
The 198 hours of flying time had cost about R2.4m. About two million litres of water had been dumped on the fire in about 2 000 water drops.
On Sunday, pilot Colonel Willem “Bees” Maraisdied in a helicopter crash while fighting fires at Olifantsbos in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.