Controlled burns around Cape Point

2016-03-08 06:00

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is in the process of obtaining a permit for a number of controlled burns in various sections of the park between March and April.

Weather-permitting, TMNP is planning controlled burning at two areas in the Cape Point section, namely Black Hill from Sun Valley to Glencairn and Roodeberg in the Capri Village area.

Although such burning is a source of concern to residents, wild fires will occur and an uncontrolled fire could pose a huge risk to life and property on the urban edge. Therefore the removal of dry flammable material by means of a prescribed burn will reduce the likelihood of these uncontrolled wildfires from occurring.

Fynbos vegetation is both fire-prone and fire-adapted. The use of fire forms an integral part of the ecological management of the park.

The park’s fire management department and Sanparks’ Cape Research Centre have developed a scientific burning plan for the entire park.

Prescribed burns in fynbos vegetation reduce fire hazards by reducing the unnecessary “fuel” accumulated on the ground as a result of alien plant clearing operations, rejuvenate the fynbos and form an essential part of controlling invasive alien plants.

When the burn takes place, surrounding residents are advised to keep their windows shut. Flammable items such as gas canisters should be removed from outside areas and laundry should be taken off washing lines to prevent smoke odour contamination.

Prescribed burning will never take place on days with strong or gale-force winds and will not take place over weekends or public holidays.

V Should you see a fire that takes place outside the above specified conditions call the TMNP fire management department on 021 689 7438/9.V All residents of adjacent properties have a right to lodge written queries or objections to the City of Cape Town’s air pollution control section on 021 590 5200 or bronwyn.davidson@capetown.gov.za.

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