The veld fire in the Franschhoek mountains is threatening to burn down into borders…

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The veld fire in the Franschhoek mountains is threatening to burn down into borders…

The veld fire in the Franschhoek mountains is threatening to burn down into borders of the town. The fire, which has been burning for several days, is being fanned by a south easterly wind. More than five thousand hectares of vegetation have already been destroyed. A spokesperson for the Cape Winelands District municipality, Jo-Anne Otto says to prevent the fire from reaching the town, the municipality’s fire services will undertake a special operation to backburn from the Franschhoek pass toward the oncoming fire.”The pass will serve as a firebreak while helicopters and other vehicles will create a wetline to prevent the backburn from burning out of control. The Franschhoek pass will be closed until further notice. This is a recognised tactic to manage fires and was successfully implemented in 2010 when a fire with similar conditions burnt in the area. The fire has already destroyed 5472 hectares of veld during its 96 firefighting hours. The total number of staff remains at 169 with support of a variety of 25 fire brigade vehicles.” (image: CWDM)


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