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Fires in TMNP

Unread postby Lesego » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:12 am

Mopping up begins as fires are contained

Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.

In the meanwhile the cost of containing the multiple fires on Table Mountain National Park is still estimated at R5 million; however this excludes the cost of re-habilitation for Tokai and Silvermine. Approximately 6900 hectares of the Table Mountain National Park vegetation was burnt in the fire.

Upper Tokai Road and the Silvermine gates remains closed in the interest of the safety of the public. We understand that hikers, cyclist, horse riders and dog walkers are eager to use the area, but there are several trees damaged by the fire that are falling down.

Multiple teams from Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Dept. of Environmental Affairs - Working on Fire teams as well as the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) are still onsite monitoring the area for possible flare ups. The direct cost of fighting the fires are currently estimated at R6 million. In addition, SANParks has issued a statement offering its sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Willem Hendrick Marais, a WoF helicopter pilot who died tragically yesterday while fighting a wildfire in Cape Point.

For more information contact the TMNP spokesperson Merle Collins on 072 627 3910 or the National Communications Manager for Wof, Linton Rensburg on 078 508 0990.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) Cape Region Communications

Merle Collins
Cell: 072 627 3910
Lesego Nko
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Tel: (012) 426 5202

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