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Co-ordination updates on Southern Cape veld fires

10 February 2010

Since the start of the Southern Cape Fires, the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has been an instrumental partner through the Incident Command Centre (ICC) which has been set up in partnership with the Eden District Municipality, MTO and the Working on Fire (WoF) in monitoring and co-ordinating all plans dealing with the wild fires that has in recent weeks ravaged the Garden Route region.

As a result of the reconnaisenance flight undertaken this morning, the regional management in consultation with MTO has recommended that the four fires, which are now burning
in the Langkloof Mountain areas, will be closely monitored and no action will be taken until further re-assessment of the natural burn and the extent of the fire in the inaccessible fire lines; and dangerous deep ravine areas of the Tsitsikamma mountains.

Through this joint operation, SANParks is now concentrating its resources to the one fire in the Millwood North (Goudveld and Karatara area) with the purpose of limiting the damage to the neighbouring private properties in the area. MTO is currently attending to the fire that is approaching their plantations, south of the Millwood area.

At the moment, there is no immediate threat or danger to plantations and infrastructure in the neighbouring private properties.

Issued by:

GRNP Communications Office

Media Inquiries:

Zanemvula Gozongo, Communications Manager, Garden Route National Park, tel: (044) 302 5633, Cell: 071 513 8221, fax: (044) 382 4539,