SANParks has informed the public via social media that Lion’s Head will remain closed until further notice due to the fire which swept the area on 27 January. This means Lion’s Head will NOT reopen on 15 February as previously planned.
“Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will continue with mop up operations today the 28th January 2019 to ensure the fire that started on the 27th January 2019 does not flare up again,” SANParks said in their social media post. “Infrastructure on Lion’s Head has been damaged and this will delay the reopening of Lion’s Head.”
The reopening of Lion’s head, which closed for maintenance on 7 January, was originally scheduled for the 15 February 2019.
“Firefighters will be active in the area for the next few days. We ask the public and all recreational users to remain out of the area whilst this occurs,” the statement read, adding that Signal Hill Road remains closed. “This is a city road and the City will announce through their channels when the road will reopen.”
The fire has impacted the Lion’s Head maintenance work had been underway. These activities will only be able to resume once the park has confirmation from the Fire Incident Commander that the area is safe to access. “As yet the park is unable to determine a new date for the reopening of Lion’s Head.”
On behalf of TMNP we from The Hikers Network ask all hikers, trail runners, tourists, and other mountain users to remain out of the area until the Fire Incident Commander gives the location the all clear.
Should you want to speak to us about this or give feedback, please contact our content manager and spokesperson Miriam Mannak.
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