Mopping up operations in Knysna
12 June 2017
Mop up operations have begun after the devastating fires in Knysna. The 300-km fire line with some 1016 volunteers todate is managed by a Provincial JOC (Joint Operating Committee).
SANParks involvement thus far is through own Working on Fire teams (WoF), rangers to fight the fire and offering expertise to the town of Knysna through a representative at the JOC such as developing a GIS map indicating burnt infrastructure for the Incident Commander. This exercise will provide adequate information pertaining to the loss of infrastructure as a result of the devastating Knysna fires
So says Planning Manager for the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), Len du Plessis ‘we are calling for volunteers to assist in the GIS assessment from Knysna to Rheenendal. They must be in good health, have own transport and own chainsaws.’
Damage in the National Park thus far: The fire in Hoekwil on Tuesday (the 6th June 2017) was very close to Ebb & Flow North but teams were out to extinguish the fire and it never did jump over to the Park.
Park Manager for the GRNP, Paddy Gordon has confirmed that the Knysna forest did not burn down. As a precautionary measure, roads leading to Gouna and Diepwalle were closed due to the fire. Wild animals were thus not affected including special species such as the Midge (found in the Gouna River), the Knysna elephant, leopards, baboons and others were unaffected by the fire. SANParks staff have joined various animal welfare groups in Knysna to assist with stranded animals as a result of the fire (pets and wildlife found in the nearby peri urban areas).
However, the Kranshoek picnic site and the viewpoint were affected by the fire.
Our teams are monitoring high seas in Tsitsikamma very closely and the temporary restaurant (Cattle Baron) is now open.
SANParks is part of the Eastern Cape JOC monitoring the fire that started in a nearby plantation and had moved to Goesa, it was extinguished by Sunday.
Today an additional 300 WoF teams will be accommodated in Natures Valley (De Vasselot).
Boilerplate: Scientists estimate ‘spontaneous combustion’ might have sparked the fires. It is a 1:150 cycle. Did you know the Garden Route was once called the ‘Cape of Smoke’?
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Part 1 of assessing damage to infrastructure - Knysna Fires
12 June 2017
The SANParks team was tasked by the JOC (Joint Operating Committee) to map affected infrastructure onto a GIS system. This exercise will provide adequate information pertaining to the loss of infrastructure as a result of the devastating Knysna fires. This report which will give an account of the exact areas affected will be handed over to the incident commander of the JOC (Joint Operating Committee).
According to Len du Plessis, Planning Manager for the Garden Route National Park, firefighting has to take full advantage of the window opportunity between today, 9th and 10th of June 2017 at 12 when the wind picks up again. Efforts going towards extinguishing smouldering areas.’ The wind is expected to pick up to an estimated 42km / hour by 11:00am on the 10th of June morning.
Fire fighters are also still at it.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fire. #KnysnaFires
Historian Phillip Caveney from the Knysna Historical Society says the last time a fire of this magnitude hit the town of Knysna was in 1869. This is apparently a 1:150 years cycle.
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