#BettysBayFire IMT 11.00 5/1/19 update
The fire has now moved away from the urban interface and is burning in the Kogelberg NR in mountainous terrain. The overall objectives are to limit ecological damage in the short term and long term risk to infrastructure. We can confirm that the fire reached the Overberg District Municipality area of responsibility, but still 6km away (as the crow flies) from the nearest farm lands.
Safety concerns yesterday afternoon forced the IC team to stop aerial support early and also for a late start today.
Last night 5 ground crew teams overnight-ed on the mountain, Buffelstal and Voorberg areas. These were NCC Environmental Services, CapeNature FTE’s and Working on Fire.
The fresh teams are, again, 2 Volunteer Wildfire Services, 1 NCC Environmental Services, 3 Working on Fire and a CapeNature FTE. They are supported with the availability of aerial resources, Overstrand Municipality fire trucks and fighters and full IMT team. The Betty’s Bay Volunteer Community Fire Fighters and community are looking after us all.
Trooping of resources from the mountain could only commence at 11.00 and was completed at 12.00.
Weather conditions, the extent of the fire, lack of access and most of all the safety of the fire fighters influenced our objectives of this operational period. The long term threat to infrastructure further to the west also played a role in determining the tactics for the day.
Status: 1) No active fire lines above Pringle Bay & Rooi Els – Fire teams & vehicles monitoring.
2) Waterfall area above Betty’s Bay burning actively, still in inaccessible area to engage directly. Aerial resources not an option due to safety concerns. Vehicles monitoring and we are ready to respond at the FIRST SAFE opportunity to extinguished this line.
3) Platbos (in the heart of the Kogelberg) an active line extending from the access road to Betty’s Bay Waterfall.
4) Platbos to Blousteen (north of Rooi Els) an active line of approximately 5km long.
Direct attack tactics are being used on those lines.
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