Wildfires on the slopes of Table Mountain in South Africa have spread to the nearby University of Cape Town campus, forcing hundreds of students to evacuate, officials say.
The flames spread shortly after an outbreak near the monument to politician Cecil Rhodes on Sunday morning. The restaurant has been destroyed.
The university’s historic library and other buildings were also affected.
Four helicopters are bombing the flames.
According to South Africa National Park, firefighters were warned at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT). Due to the low humidity and dry bushes, the flame spreads quickly.
He added that the fire created its own wind, further increasing the rate of spread, and estimated that firefighters would take at least three days to control the flame.
“As a result of the initial investigation, it is speculated that the cause of the fire was the fire of a vacant wanderer,” he said.
More than 120 firefighters were deployed in the area, one of whom had to be sent to the hospital to treat burns.
The fire partially destroyed the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town and the historic Mostats Mill. Other buildings were also affected.
“All UCT students were evacuated from the campus by emergency service support staff,” the university said on Twitter.
Residents of the area are warned about smoke and soot in the air and are told to keep windows and doors closed.
Meanwhile, hikers in Table Mountain National Park were urged to leave, and drivers parked in the area were told to collect cars.