South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on their social media platform that the reopening of Lion's Head to the public has been pushed back due to the fires that plagued the mountain and Signal Hill on Sunday and Monday.
Cape Town's top spiral trail closed for maintenance on 7 January, and was originally set to be reopened to hikers on 15 February. The aim of the closure was to improve the longevity of the trail, safety of hikers in the area and the environmental protection of the Lions Head and Signal Hill, following a Trail Audit Report on the Lions Head and Signal Hill footpath network was completed.
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The fires on Sunday started on Lion's Head lower slope near Quarry Hill and eventually spread to Signal Hill and Sea Point. On Monday firefighters managed to bring the fire under control, but the restricted access and fire damage to facilities have lengthened the schedule for maintenance of the trail.
"The park requests hikers, trail runners and tourists to please remain out of the area until the Fire Incident Commander gives the location the all clear," says SANParks.
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There was another flare up at Signal Hill mid-afternoon on Monday.
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