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More teams sent to fight Franschhoek fire

2013-01-29 08:02

Cape Town - Additional teams have been deployed to the Cape Winelands region to fight a fire that continued burning into the early hours of Tuesday morning in Franschhoek.

Working on Fire’s Linton Rensburg told News24 that a code red had been declared meaning that the group would deploy all necessary resources to fight the blaze.

Rensburg said aerial teams had been sent out at first light on Tuesday.

Ten helicopter water bombers, eight spotter planes, eight fixed wing water bombers and 37 pilots were sent to the Western Cape to help stop the fires.

Meanwhile, a fire on the Cederberg mountain has been contained.

"The fire on Cederberg been contained, the major concern is in the Franschhoek area," said Rensburg.

Rensburg said although there was little wind at the moment, firefighters were expecting similar weather conditions to Monday.

He said 14 teams had been deployed to help put out fires burning in the Western Cape.

"We are working around the clock. We have helicopters and water bombers deployed."

He said five teams from the Eastern Cape and Free State had been roped in and other five teams were on standby.

"The teams have been hard at work during the past eight weeks in the Western Cape," he said.

They were dealing with fires in the Cederberg mountains near Clanwilliam, at Franschhoek, Tulbagh and in the Uniondale area in the Eden District.


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Comments
  • delish7564 - 2013-01-29 08:17

    Hopefully they will be successful in stopping these fires before there are any further losses. All those involved are very brave and deserve our thanks regardless of where fires break out...a fire is a fire whether it is a shack or vineyards/fynbos and these people risk their own lives, some on a voluntary basis, to help others.

  • seventhheavenproperties - 2013-01-29 08:55

    I do not think we realize the time it will take nature to recover - if ever...

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-29 09:34

      Summer fires have always been native to the Cape. It's good for the fynbos

      phyllis.burger.7 - 2013-01-29 18:47

      @kortbroek. Yes, Fynbos is adapted to fires and some species need it for seeds to germinate. However, researches estimate between 12 to 20 years for some species to be reproductive again after a fire. The short intervals between fires may lead to loss of species if the same piece of land burns too frequently.

  • Maretha - 2013-01-29 09:31

    Strongs guys and thank you for what you do.

  • artymyss - 2013-01-29 09:46

    you are all in our thoughts

  • patrick.ryan.526 - 2013-01-30 12:13

    Over the last week as smoke clouds dulled sunlight and spread across our skies, the VWS (Volunteer Wildfire Services) sent over 50 of it's volunteer wildland firefighters to assist the other agencies in the Cedarberg, Franschoek and last night Simonstown. The VWS is a highly reputed Non Profit Organisation made up entirely, from the Firefighters to the Board, of volunteers. Passionate about what they do to help, they have become a very effective unit to call upon when the going gets tough. Hiking up and down a mountain and then getting stuck into battling a raging fire front is no small or easy task, but it is always taken on with enthusiasm. To ensure our continued operational ability though we rely heavily on sponsors. To help please follow this link. http://www.capefires.com/?page_id=338 Posted by Patrick Ryan VWS

  • patrick.ryan.526 - 2013-01-30 12:16

    The Volunteer Wildfire Services twitter account became the top trend in South Africa yesterday afternoon for three hours as teams were stood down from operational duty in the Franschoek Fire, after having been out for a 24 hour period. This is true dedication from volunteers who give up their jobs and family time to help save our fynbos ecology. Follow us on Twitter: @vwsfires and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VolunteerWildfireServices Patrick Ryan VWS

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