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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Safari Gal » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:04 pm

Will we be able to change our booking if the dates conincide? Surely it wont be done just before the free entry week????
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Stephens.L » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:55 pm

KNP TO APPLY THE HIGH INTENSITY PRESCRIBED BURN

The Kruger National Park (KNP) Scientists and Rangers in conjunction with Working on Fire teams will apply the high intensity prescribed burn in the southern part of the Park on 2-3 September 2013. The teams will start with what is called a multiple spiral ignition today at 15:30 and then perimeter ignition tomorrow, also in the afternoon. Some parts of the gravel roads will temporarily be closed during the burn; in order to completely allow the ignition to end.

“The aim of this fire treatment is to determine the desirability and feasibility of researching with high intensity burns to address bush thickening at selected areas in the KNP. The data analysis indicated that we have the most suitable weather conditions to conduct the treatment around this period in September,” indicated the GM: Communications and Marketing - KNP, William Mabasa.

Gravel roads to be closed will be: S112 and S118 on 2 September; and parts of S23, S113, S114 and H3 which will affect routes towards the Jock of the Bushveld, Afsaal Picnic Spot, Gardenia bird hide, Lukimbi Private Lodge and Biyamiti Bush Camp) on 3 September 2013.

“The areas around the target sites will be cleared to ensure animals are safe and ground teams to guide tourists on alternative roads will also be available at the affected roads”, concluded Mabasa.

This is a follow-up on a high intensity burn which took place in 2010. In preparation for this year’s treatment, prior vegetation surveys were conducted such as sampling the vegetation before and after the fire treatment, collecting of data a year after the burn to look at re-growth responses, plot work – recording of all woody vegetation, information such as species, height, diameter and number of stems etc; assisting in giving an indication of the amount of fuel that is available to burn.

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Communications and Marketing Department - Kruger National Park, Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

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William Mabasa, GM: Communications and Marketing, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: William.mabasa@sanparks.org
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Marge » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:49 am

So very sad to hear that these fires are taking place now.

There is nothing worse than driving through areas all burnt down. Sadly we are booked at Berg-en-Dal for 4 days from 14th September. The accommodation does not come cheap, and am now so disappointed that there is a huge area which we would not like to drive through (really limits our drives). I just feel the camp should have notified us of this. :cry:

Hope the burn goes well, and not too many animals are injured.

Still looking forward to my trip.

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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:53 am

By 14 September there should almost definitely be a green flush, attracting a lot of animals and different bird species, and with easier viewing due to thinner bush and lower grass, so you'll probably have better sightings than you would have
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Marge » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:11 am

Thank you jock of the bushveld for those encouraging words. Lets hope the animals are all not too spooked.

Always good to be in Kruger no matter what. Just love the feel and sounds of the bush, so am sure I will still enjoy it to the full.

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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby kite » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:30 pm

How did the burn go?

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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:33 pm

I agree with Josh,

the greens might be very short, but even though its a burnt area it should give you excellent sightings. I had one of my best sightings in a burnt area east of Satara a few weeks back. Had a honey badger next to the road and saw how a jackal caught a francolin right next to the road. Also had reedbuck and tsetsebe.

So do drive the area. You will see something special... hopefully!!
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Stephens.L » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:19 am

Please note that the High Intensity Fire experiment yesterday went well. The Rangers, Scientists and Working on Fire team arrived at Afsaal for the briefing session before the implementation to ensure that everyone understand his/her role. They all occupied their positions to get ready for the fire which started at 13:00. Two helicopters were used. The first one was responsible for burning the blocks and the other one "Spoter" was responsible to monitor if the fire is getting out of hand and to ensure that animals are not trapped inside the blocks. The experiment went well and it had minimum effects to visitors as people were able to come and utilise facilities at Afsaal without inconvenience. The rangers are currently on the ground doing post analysis to check if there are no casualties.
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:24 am

Thank you for the report back Stephens, really appreciate it!

Well done to all involved!
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby salamanda » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:53 am

Thanks Stephens, it's good to know that such care is being taken, well done all.

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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:03 pm

I have to say that I was amazed to see how quickly the burnt areas recover. :shock:

In 2011 we arrived in Phalaborwa for a 2 month stay, going in a day visitors most days, and the first day we went in immediately after a burn.

All we could see along the H9 was smouldering bush, but with in a day or two, new grass was growing through, and within a week it looked like a golf green!!!!

We also had many wonderful sightings.

Thanks Stephens for updating us on the latest one. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:16 pm

Just a bit of trivia. It was reported in one of the old Custos magazines that a leadwood tree (Combretum Imberbe) caught fire during such a controlled fire. When a ranger made an inspection 36 days later, the tree was still smouldering.
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby hilda » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:15 pm

Thanks for the update Stephens.L! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Marge » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:47 am

Hope the burning over, with no casualties and loss of animals.

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Re: Introduction of an upcoming High Intensity Fire experime

Unread postby Stephens.L » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:17 am

Marge wrote:Hope the burning over, with no casualties and loss of animals.

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The burning is over Marge and since Tuesday until to date we have not received any reports of casualties.
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