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Wildfire Erupts In Cape Town's Table Mountain

Residents are being evacuated from Cape Town neighborhoods after a huge fire spreading on the slopes of the city's famed Table Mountain was fanned by strong winds overnight and threatened houses.

April 20, 2021

A South African military helicopter drops his water load on the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Fire crews worked for a third day to extinguish a wildfire on the slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain on Tuesday as the city came to terms with the damage caused by what officials have described as one of the area's worst blazes in years.

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A fire rages on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Cape Town South Africa. City authorities say residents of parts of the Vredehoek neighborhood were being evacuated Monday as a “precautionary” measure after the fire spread towards the area.

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Residential neighborhoods are lit by raging fires in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The remains of the library at the University of Cape Town, South Africa after it burned down Sunday.

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Residents leave their homes, due to a fire on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Cape Town South Africa.

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Clouds of dark smoke hang above the city of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Residents leave their a residential building due to a fire on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Cape Town South Africa.

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Residential neighborhoods are lit by raging fires in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A log burns in Cape Town, South Africa. Residents are being evacuated from Cape Town neighborhoods after a huge fire spreading on the slopes of the city's famed Table Mountain was fanned by strong winds overnight and threatened houses.

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Firemen work on the UCT campus in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Fire burns on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A fireman douses vegetation on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Firemen work at the University of Cape Town Campus in Cape Town.

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Clouds of smoke are seen above the city of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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A building burns on the campus of the University of Cape, South Africa. A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University.

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Firefighters douse a burning building at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. A wildfire raging on the slopes of Table Mountain forced students to evacuate their residence as firefighters battled the blaze.

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