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Update, 5.17pm: Sir Lowry’s Pass has been
reopened to traffic closed once again.
Cape Town – N2 Route: #SirLowrysPass (Update): ROAD CLOSED again over the pass – HEAVY QUEUES on the alternative R44 route via Rooiels
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) November 7, 2017
At least four houses have also been set alight by the blaze.
First houses in Mountainside going up in smoke. Not good with wind gusting at 72kph. pic.twitter.com/OWP9elRpb9
— Gordons Bay, SA (@GordonsBaySA) November 7, 2017
— Cape Argus (@TheCapeArgus) November 7, 2017
Original article: A wildfire burning along Sir Lowry’s Pass east of Cape Town is clouding the city in a thick blanket of smoke.
The fire, which is currently being addressed by Working On Fire, Cape Nature and other firefighting agencies, was first noted around 1pm SAST.
— Graeme Raubenheimer (@GraemeRauby) November 7, 2017
The smoke, due to the southeasterly wind, has since blown across the city centre, clouding the CBD, Atlantic seaboard and southern suburbs.
Ash is also falling in parts of the city.
Users soon took to Twitter to query the smoke’s source and to publish pictures of the smoke from their location.
— Clouds Drummond (@cloudsdrummond) November 7, 2017
Anyone know where all this smoke in #CapeTown cbd is coming from? Where’s the fire? 😮
— Nicola Wade (@Nixiljuice) November 7, 2017
— Dylan Graham (@TheDylanGraham) November 7, 2017
Smoke from Sir Lowry’s pass hanging in the air- producing quite an eery glow. pic.twitter.com/ppqULNqpDz
— Bryan (@bryansmithSA) November 7, 2017
Pictures of the fire itself however is being communicated using #SirLowrysPassFire on Twitter.
— Voice of the Cape (@VOCfm) November 7, 2017
— Safe Freeway Project (@SafeN2Project) November 7, 2017
Sir Lowry’s Pass — which forms part of the N2 route — is currently closed to traffic.
— Kleinmond Tourism (@HangklipT) November 7, 2017
There are no reports of any other major wildfires on the Cape Peninsula.
This is a developing story…
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