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Cape Town wildfire forces evacuation of university students

A wildfire raging on the slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University of Cape Town on Sunday.

Wind spread the blaze across dry brush and burned part of the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant, according to local media. Some buildings on the university campus caught fire, and a historic windmill nearby burned, photos of the fire showed.

More than 100 firefighters and emergency personnel were deployed to the university campus and to Table Mountain National Park. Four helicopters were being used to drop water on threatened areas, officials said.

Firefighters douse a burning building at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021. A wildfire raging on the slopes of Table Mountain forced students to evacuate their residence as firefighters battled the blaze. (AP PhotoNardus Engelbrecht)

One firefighter was injured and being treated at a hospital, according to the Cape Town fire and rescue department.

Residents have been cautioned to be on alert, Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the city's disaster risk management center, said in a statement.

“At this stage, there’s no cause to evacuate, but we ask that residents adhere to the following: close all windows to prevent draft and reduce heat, damp down your garden using a hose or irrigation system," Powell said.

Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021. A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation and caused damage to several buildings as firefighters battled the blaze. (AP PhotoNardus Engelbrecht)

A helicopter drops water over a fire at Rhodes Memorial on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021. A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University of Cape Town. (AP PhotoNardus Engelbrecht)

Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021. A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation and caused damage to several buildings as firefighters battled the blaze. (AP PhotoNardus Engelbrecht)

A helicopter drops water over a fire at Rhodes Memorial on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021. A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University of Cape Town. (AP PhotoNardus Engelbrecht)