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Hundreds Evacuated as Wildfire in South Africa Burns On

March 5, 2015

About 500 people fled their homes in South Africa’s city of Cape Town as a wildfire defied rain and firefighters with smoke and flames rising for a fourth day Wednesday.

Three homes were destroyed and five more were damaged overnight by the fire that illuminated the night sky around Table Mountain National Park in a red and orange glow, an emergency spokeswoman said.

Residents camped in a community center overnight or were taken in by family friends. Those who could, returned to their homes by the afternoon, said Cape Town disaster risk management spokeswoman Charlotte Powell.

The fire was still not under control, but firefighters had enough resources to manage the burn, said another spokesman Theo Layne. No fatalities or new injuries had been reported, he said…


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