Day four of the fire started with a renewed flare up in the Tokai Forest.

Fire 19 Constantiaberg glowing%0A

On our side Constantiaberg was also still blasing away.

Fire 20 Constantiaberg glowing%0A

For the first time we could smell the fire and once it became light we noticed the blue smoke haze hanging over us.  Flight BA43 from Heathrow must have had a spectacular view as it was welcomed to Cape Town by the smoke filled sky.

Fire 22 BA43 arriving in smoke filled sky%0A

Even Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak that are usually clearly visible from here were obscured by the smoke.  Looking at the vegetation between here and Table Mountain I can only count our blessings that we were spared the flames.

Fire 23 Table Mountain obscured%0A

The fires were contained on day five with only three hot spots that needed close monitoring.  All in all there were 2000 firefighters on the ground and 5000 hectare burnt to ashes.  I tried to get to the Tokai Forest were we hiked three weeks ago, but was denied access due to the fact it was one of the hot spots.

Enjoy a great start to the weekend.

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