The students fled the student dormitories on foot along the main road while their library was in flames, AFP journalists from the scene reported.
The fire destroyed a restaurant next to the statue of British colonial Cecil Rhodes.
The cliffs caught fire over the Newlands neighborhood on Sunday after the fire broke out the same morning.
Wind blows flames over the dry slope terrain near the University of Cape Town (UCT). Pictures from the site showed that several buildings on the university campus had been set ablaze, picking up a historic windmill.
Authorities are asking other residents and visitors to leave the area immediately, according to reports BBC.
More than a hundred firefighters and other emergency personnel have been dispatched to the campus and to Table Mountain National Park. Four helicopters are involved in the firefighting.
The fire service reported that one of the firefighters was being treated at the hospital.
Authorities say literary treasures have been lost in UCT’s library, but some of the most valuable works have been salvaged.
South Africa is prone to drought, which increases the risk of fires. Cape Town authorities are urging residents to be vigilant.
At this time, there is no reason to evacuate, but we are asking residents to do the following: Close all windows to block drafts, reduce heat, and water the garden, says Charlotte Powell at the city emergency services.
Landmark Table Mountain is a mountain plateau south of Cape Town. On Sunday, hikers were asked to leave the national park, which spans large parts of Cape Town’s undeveloped areas.
Southern Norway affected
In this country, the drought led to a number of grass fires on Sunday.
Among other things, the fire service responded to the lawn fires in Fredrikstad, Sarpsburg, Agder and Kongsberg.
When Dagbladet spoke with the alternate director of the East 110 exchange, Leif Høyland, earlier in the day, he was clear:
– Be careful in the terrain and use common sense!
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