Table Mountain wildfire threatens University of Cape Town

Firefighters battle to contain a bushfire that broke out on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, April 18, 2021../Social Media

University of Cape Town students were forced to evacuate on Sunday as a wildfire on the slopes of South Africa’s Table Mountain set several campus buildings ablaze.

According to Reuters, one firefighter sustained burn wounds and was hospitalised for treatment, officials said.

The report said that fire started early on Sunday near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes, located on Devils Peak, another part of Cape Town’s mountainous backdrop, before spreading rapidly up the slopes.

Heavy smoke could be seen for kilometres away, some roads were closed and fire alerts were sent to mountain hikers.

Social media footage showed students milling around on the main road, amid billowing smoke fanned by strong winds. Another video, tweeted by the local government, showed flames raging inside an old building lined with columns as smoke plumes rose from its roof.