Fire-fighting operations continue along Table Mountain National Park

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Fire-fighting operations continue along Table Mountain National Park

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Fire-fighting operations continue along Table Mountain National Park

The unpredictable weather conditions which led to the rapid spread of the Tafelberg Road fire yesterday (15 March 2020), made it necessary for the fire management team of SANParks Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) to request emergency reinforcements. The fire which started along Tafelberg Road below the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway precinct, burnt approximately 60 hectares of vegetation thus far, which includes fynbos and old pine stands, and is largely contained at this stage. SANParks has appointed Enviro Wildfire Services to do an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire, which will be announced at a later stage.

As of this morning, TMNP dispatched three (3) Huey Helicopters and one (1) fixed wing Spotter plane to wet down actively burning areas. Crews working throughout the evening will be replaced with fresh crews later on today and
in addition, 30 TMNP contracted firefighters (NCC Wildfires), 60 Working on Fire firefighters as well as staff from the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association will be fighting the fire on the ground. This amounts to 100 firefighters that will remain on scene through the day. Volunteers from the Volunteer Wildfire Services will be activated this evening to monitor the area and continue with mop up operations.

The plan for today is to secure the perimeter as well as hot spots in priority areas which include Kloof road; Nettleton road; below and above Tafelberg road and Kloofnek Forrest in TMNP.

Due to adverse and unpredictable weather conditions expected for today, TMNP and all fire agencies request that the public exercises extreme caution during the remainder of the fire season. Please be advised that entire Lions Head and the Glen footpaths vicinity has been closed. No hiking or mountain biking activities is permitted in these areas.

The general public is requested to immediately report all fires within TMNP on 0861 106 417 or the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services on 021 480 7700 and 107 (from a landline).
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:( So sad. :cry:
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:( This is very sad news....
Hope the fires are under control or even put out now :pray:
Also :pray: :pray: The fire fighters and other folk and properties stay safe :pray: :pray:
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